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Unknown
(2011)
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Co-Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Composed by:
Alexander Rudd

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Jason Livesay
Nolan Livesay
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 8th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if a solid twenty minutes of enticing, quietly churning suspense music in the first twenty minutes of this score can appeal enough to your appreciation of John Ottman's thriller mode to justify your curiosity.

Avoid it... if you have come to expect consistently interesting rhythmic and instrumental techniques from Ottman for this genre, because the latter half of this score degenerates into a mess of obnoxious, ambient sound design.
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WRITTEN 4/6/11
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Unknown: (John Ottman/Alexander Rudd) There is one proven absolute in the world of cinema that every viewer should remember: if you for whatever reason have lost your memory and cannot recall your own identity, then there's a 99.8% chance that you're a professional assassin. That's right, assassins in movies seem to have a problem bonking their heads. And then, of course, they're pursued because they have become a liability, and where movie scripts diverge is in the type of organization trying to kill their former employee. Sometimes it's shady government agencies. Sometimes it's a former partner. Sometimes it's local law enforcement. Sometimes it's your scummy corporate employer. Without much deviation, Jaume Collet-Serra's 2011 thriller Unknown follows this predictable template, telling of one such unfortunate assassin on assignment who is involved in a car wreck and awakes in the hospital actually believing that he is the innocent cover man he was pretending to be. Before long, he has nasty agents pursuing him and, in true Hollywood fashion, he decides that the initial target he had before losing his mind is actually the protagonist of the entire affair and has to defend this noble scientist from a sudden demise at the hands of his former employer. A lead performance by Liam Neeson has been most frequently cited as the most positive aspect of Unknown, and audiences afforded Warner Brothers a fairly surprising return despite serious plausibility problems with the script. Returning once again in his collaboration with Collet-Serra is composer John Ottman, a veteran of the thriller genre but disappointingly inactive in his feature scoring career over the previous few years. His talent for creating interesting scores for even the worst of cinematic situations hasn't been able to deter his luck in being attached to a series of box office bombs, though early 2011 showed signs of life with his concurrent thriller work for Unknown and The Resident. His attachment to Unknown was supplemented by material written by young British composer Alexander Rudd, whose screen credits are extremely limited. No initial information was forthcoming about the balance of duties between the two composers, or even how Rudd (whose mentor has been Randy Newman, not Ottman) became involved with Unknown, though Ottman does receive primary (and sometimes sole) credit on promotional materials. From the perspective of an Ottman collector, Unknown will sound familiar and disappoint at the same time, yielding a hint of the rhythmic enticement of his prior successes in the genre while degenerating into messy, ambient sound design in its second half.



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Total Time: 53:07
• 1. Welcome to Berlin (5:17)
• 2. The Accident (2:36)
• 3. Following Mrs. Harris (4:51)
• 4. Fond Memories/Epiphany (3:55)
• 5. Securing the File (2:41)
• 6. Man Alone (2:48)
• 7. Evil Car (2:34)
• 8. Book of Clues (1:45)
• 9. The Hospital (3:02)
• 10. Gina's Story (5:18)
• 11. We Are Killers/The Bomb (2:36)
• 12. Old Friend/Truth Be Told (3:08)
• 13. They're Watching/Meeting Jeurgen (2:42)
• 14. Debating Martin (3:42)
• 15. Martin vs. Martin (4:29)
• 16. Nice to Meet You (1:43)

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