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Unstoppable
(2010)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh

Additional Music by:
Justin Caine Burnett
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La-La Land Records
(December 7th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are incapable of overdosing on Harry Gregson-Williams' sufficiently technological and basically rendered, rhythmic thriller scores, regardless of the fact that they sound as though they were written by a composer clearly on auto-pilot.

Avoid it... if you expect a score for a film about a runaway train to use appropriately creative samples relating to the railroad or, more importantly, any propulsive sense of progressive acceleration to match the growing intensity on screen.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,611
WRITTEN 12/23/10
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Unstoppable: (Harry Gregson-Williams) Although technically based upon true events that transpired in Ohio in 2001, Tony Scott's train thriller Unstoppable bloats the dramatic aspects of the event to unrealistic proportions for the purposes of cinematic suspense. The incident in both cases involves a powered locomotive (pulling tank cars with hazardous chemicals) that is accidentally abandoned by its engineer while he attempts to disembark and change a switch at low speeds. The runaway train picks up velocity and barrels through the industrial belt of America while thwarting many attempts to bring it under control. Intentionally derailing it and shooting it to cut off the fuel supply were both considered and/or attempted and depicted in Unstoppable, though the film also shows the necessary scenes of destruction resulting from failed countermeasures. All the cheap, expected Hollywood plot elements are inserted as well, including a trailer stuck on the tracks, children on an oncoming passenger train, a prime antagonist at the corporate level of the railroad, and a couple of troubled engineers who redeem themselves by heroically saving the day. The preparation for the production of Unstoppable wasn't entirely smooth, with directors and lead stars coming and going before director Tony Scott and actor Denzel Washington went along with Fox's diminished budget for the picture (the latter having to be enticed back once with a better compensation package). The final involvement of Scott at the helm practically assured the continuation of his collaboration with composer Harry Gregson-Williams as well, setting up a situation similar to The Taking of Pelham 123. Stylistically, the genre is extremely predictable for enthusiasts of Gregson-Williams' music, soliciting the usual variety of electronically-propulsive loops and occasional string ensemble accompaniment for character development. The fact that the composer follows this formula so thoroughly for Unstoppable has to be considered a disappointment given his talent for creatively and impressively employing larger ensemble sounds. The fact that there is absolutely nothing new to hear in this score is also unfortunate because of all the potential, both rhythmically and in the sampling of sounds, that a story about a runaway train can provide. The strings in Unstoppable are supplemented by their synthetic variants, piano, electric guitar, and Gregson-Williams' familiar (and arguably tired) library of slapping, metallic looped sounds.



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Total Time: 42:15
• 1. Stanton, PA (3:33)
• 2. Frank Barnes (2:11)
• 3. Will's Story (1:56)
• 4. Ned (2:08)
• 5. Dewey (2:25)
• 6. Not a Coaster (2:18)
• 7. "Are You In or Are You Out?" (6:13)
• 8. Realign the Switch (3:10)
• 9. Galvin's Strategy (2:25)
• 10. Playing Chicken With Trains (1:35)
• 11. Will Guides 1206 (4:06)
• 12. The Stanton Curve (6:02)
• 13. "Who Do I Kiss First?" (4:20)

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