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Soundtrack review: Atlas shrugged: Who is John Galt? (Elia Cmiral, 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Atlas shrugged: Who is John Galt? (Elia Cmiral, 2014)


Who is John Galt? This is a question Ayn Rand fans and not only must be very familiar with. I haven’t read the book “Atlas shrugged”, the source of many questions and debates, nor have I seen the trilogy of movies depicting that dystopian America and its philosophical problems. The book seems interesting and I might give it a try someday.
What I did though is listen to Elia Cmiral’s score for the third movie in the series “Atlas shrugged: Who is John Galt?”.  This composer had made quite an impression on me with his score for Ronin, and I also enjoyed Stigmata. Reading the synopsis of the movie, I expected to hear a serious, dark and metallic score. As the score progressed though, I had the very nice surprise of discovering a rather romantic composition, with a very heavy use of piano. Cues like “The oath” and “I want you here” are two beautiful melodies which could easily fit on the score of any love story, and I can’t get enough of them. They are already among the highlights of 2014 for me.
Even if the world in the movie seems lost and broken, I got a very good feeling listening to this score. Yes there are some tracks where the mood gets darker and menacing, but for the most part it actually sounds like a celebration of life, of love, of hope. The last track is the most hopeful of them all….”The beginning” has a marching sound to it, and a soft and beautiful choir accompanies this score into a very satisfying ending.
My ratings:
Cue rating: 77 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 28 / 46
Album excellence: 61%
Cues to listen to:             
The strike
The oath
I want you here
Return to the dark
Celebration of existence  
Galt’s apartment
The beginning
Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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