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Unbreakable
(2000)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(November 21st, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you were enamored with the score to The Sixth Sense and would be interested in a more thematically and instrumentally engaging variation on the same ambient spirit.

Avoid it... if you expect the scores that came from the James Newton Howard/M. Night Shyamalan collaborations of the 1990's to offer the same harmonious appeal as those in the 2000's.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #259
WRITTEN 11/28/00, REVISED 11/18/07
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Unbreakable: (James Newton Howard) It was perhaps impossible for writer and director M. Night Shyamalan to equal his 1999 hit The Sixth Sense the following year, but he kept many of the core elements of that surprising success together in an effort to continue the magic in Unbreakable. Retaining actor Bruce Willis in the sympathetic and dramatic lead, Shyamalan would once again explore elements of the supernatural, telling the story of Willis' security guard as he slowly realizes that he has superhero powers. The forced revelation at the end of the film somewhat cheapens that exploration, and while the film was not heralded as the success that The Sixth Sense was, it nevertheless pleased fans of the director's thoughtful films. One aspect of The Sixth Sense that returns completely in Unbreakable is its atmosphere, from the bluish filters that give the film a chilling look to the quietly suspenseful tones of James Newton Howard's score. Howard's work for The Sixth Sense, while restrained in its tone, played a significant role in perpetuating the eerie ambience of Shyamalan's haunted characters, and the equation would not change significantly in Unbreakable. In a basic sense, you could likely interchange several of the cues between the two films without any detriment to either, and many casual listeners would have difficulty distinguishing between the soft string and piano tones of the delicate underscore portions of either. In Unbreakable, though, the story has implications that affect the entire world, and not just one character and his family, so Howard employs a broader range of instrumentation and volume. His score thus retains the atmospheric appeal of The Sixth Sense while also offering more ambitious thematic and instrumental ideas. For significant portions of Unbreakable, the familiar, harmonious repetitions of string and piano patterns progress at low volumes, hinting at the film's two primary themes and auxiliary "mystery" motif with regularity.



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VIEWER RATINGS
2,213 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.37 Stars
***** 687 5 Stars
**** 362 4 Stars
*** 500 3 Stars
** 426 2 Stars
* 238 1 Stars
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3 stars? What else could JNH do to get more?
Zakblue - December 23, 2012, at 4:23 a.m.
1 comment  (677 views)
Outstanding music
Sheridan - August 30, 2006, at 7:33 a.m.
1 comment  (2176 views)
Orchestration   Expand >>
N. R. Q. - November 26, 2005, at 7:45 a.m.
2 comments  (2630 views)
Newest: November 26, 2005, at 7:50 a.m. by
N. R. Q.
Orange Man, Visions and the Wreck   Expand >>
Ghost - July 8, 2005, at 11:18 p.m.
3 comments  (3592 views)
Newest: September 19, 2006, at 2:24 p.m. by
Broons
Tasteless soundtrack, like a salad with only iceberg lettuce   Expand >>
Julio Gomez - April 18, 2005, at 6:43 a.m.
2 comments  (2636 views)
Newest: November 15, 2005, at 6:22 p.m. by
r0ger
Partnership.
Marek - March 20, 2004, at 6:42 a.m.
1 comment  (1653 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 40:23
• 1. Visions (5:57)
• 2. Reflection of Elijah (4:08)
• 3. Weightlifting (3:43)
• 4. Hieroglyphics (2:01)
• 5. Falling Down (2:27)
• 6. Unbreakable (3:23)
• 7. Goodnight (2:25)
• 8. The Wreck (3:46)
• 9. Second Date (1:31)
• 10. School Nurse (1:22)
• 11. Blindsided (1:55)
• 12. The Orange Man (2:29)
• 13. Carrying Audrey (2:36)
• 14. Mr. Glass/End Titles (7:40)

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