Title - 'The Giver' (Sony Classical)
Artist - Marco Beltrami
The haunting story of 'THE GIVER', which subsequently translates directly to Marco Beltrami's excellent accompanying score, centers on Jonas, a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment.
Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined - a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most.
At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all - a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. Featuring an outstanding cast including Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard and both Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes, 'The Giver' is a film not to be missed.
Beltrami ('Mimic,' 'The Woman in Black,' 'World War Z,' etc.) is the most perfect composer for this kind of soundtrack world, as his music, his scores are simply hair-raising. The master of a big range of orchestral effects, sculptured into predominatly pensive moods, tracks like the opening 'Main Titles,' 'Jonas Gets The Gig,' and even 'First Memory' are all dipped in a wealth of shimmering, ethereal sounds.
The second half of the film, and therein the album itself soon develops into a more spirited affair. Such tracks as 'Happiness and Pain,' the metallic treat of 'War,' 'the dissonances of 'Accelerated Training,' and the excitement of both 'Escape from the Nursey and 'Capturing Jonas' all serve to bring the images of the screen into your head musically.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk