Title - 'Ben-Hur: Original Motion Picture Score'
Artist - Marco Beltrami
The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army is now coming to the big screen from director Timur Bekmambetov. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.
Composed by the award winning Marco Beltrami - 'Snowpiercer,' 'Trouble With The Curve,' 'November Man,' 'A Good Day To Die Hard,' etc. - it's his reputation as a musical genre innovator with non-traditional horror and action scores that, once again comes to the fore here on the simply immense 'Ben-Hur' original motion picture score.
Indeed, for those not in the know, Marco Beltrami is an American film composer actually, perhaps, better known for his earlier work scoring horror films such as 'Mimic' (1997), 'The Faculty' (1998), 'Resident Evil' (2002) and such. A long-time friend and collaborator of the late, great Wes Craven, Beltrami has scored seven of the director's films including all four films in the 'Scream' franchise (1996–2011).
Beltrami has been nominated for two Academy Awards for '3:10 to Yuma' and 'The Hurt Locker', and won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for 'Soul Surfer' (2011). He also scored Guillermo del Toro's 2004 supernatural superhero film 'Hellboy' and the 2013 superhero film 'The Wolverine'.
Containing an impressive, if not slightly overlong 27 tracks, once 'Ben-Hur' lights up your CD player speakers it never, ever lets go of them! Indeed, Beltrami's 'Ben-Hur' is a musical journey taken alongside our immense hero and one that musically bumps, slides, bends and sways just as much as the character it portrays.
In closing, this brand new original motion picture score for 'Ben-Hur' comes in at just over an hour, and is one of the most invigorating, one of the most prolific works of musical art that I, for one, believe Marco Beltrami has ever composed. I still like prolific film composer Carl Davis' 1925 version of the MGM soundtrack to 'Ben-Hur' better, for sure, but Beltrami's soundtrack score roar is still very impressive.