Title - 'Reclaim' (Silva Screen Records)
Artist - Inon Zur
I actually watched ‘Reclaim’ last night and found it to be both compelling and worrying in equal measures. It brings us the tale of Steven (Ryan Phillippe) and Shannon (Rachelle Lefevre), an American couple, who travel to Puerto Rico to finalize the adoption of their seven-year old daughter, Nina. However, when the couple are told to wait an extra few days whilst Nina’s passport is finalized, they are followed by a trio of miscreants, led by the ominous American local, John Cusack.
And so when Steven clashes with Cusack and his two friends in a local bar, and then the next morning Nina is found to be missing, despite frantic efforts by the married couple to locate her, all they can do is accept the fact the police might also be in on it; and that they are also out $100,000.
The reason I outlined the length and breadth of this movie in as much detail as I did above it wholly due to the fact that this 16 track CD follows the course laid out above to the letter. From the joyous, upbeat excitement of the opening track, ‘Haiti Requiem and Arrival,’ the meeting with their daughter in ‘Nina,’ and the family photos being taken on the beach and in the local gardens, the beats are free flowingly vibrant.
It’s when the trio of angst-ridden baddies come into the picture and Nina goes missing that Zur’s tone changes. Tracks such as ‘Missing,’ ‘Taken,’ ‘Captured’ all run the same route towards desperation, only incorporating a more hopeful underscore when we get to ‘The Big Big Escape,’ ‘Car Chase’ and closing track, ‘Fighting The World.’ With music and lyrics by Edgardo Monserrat and a terrific, nail biting score from Inon Zur, ‘Reclaim’ is the perfect musical companion to such a poignantly laden film.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk