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Soundtrack review: I.T. (Timothy Williams – 2016)

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“I.T.” is a thriller film directed by John Moore and written by Dan Kay and William Wisher. It stars Pierce Brosnan. Mike Regan (Brosnan) is a self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife (Friel), a beautiful teenage daughter (Scott) and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. His company is on the verge of changing the aircraft leasing business forever, when his relationship with Ed Porter (Frecheville), his I.T. consultant, goes bad. Mike soon finds himself in a deadly high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when Ed starts stalking Mike’s daughter and using technology to threaten his family, his business…and his life. The score was written by Timothy Williams.

Lately Tim Williams has impressed me with Western scores so it will be interesting to see how he approaches a computer thriller. First thing I notice is that while the music starts off quiet and supportive it is not at all generic. The sounds that the composer uses give me the impression of both danger and a frantic movement. I even hear something that sounds as if a tambourine was slowly being shaken. I like it when composers experiment and I’m always interested to hear what they come up with.

As the score progresses the sense of doom and terror slowly grows. The music doesn’t just make me want to see the film; it also gives me feelings on its own. I am getting scared because I feel as if I’m being chased by an invisible machine. “Red and White pill” is a very cleverly written cue; Tim Williams contains the music but I can hear its rage and I know that once unleashed it could become very dangerous. This is smoldering thriller music and I like it.

It is obvious from the score that the main character of the movie is technology; something dangerous but impalpable, something that can travel fast through very thin, almost invisible mediums and something that cannot be stopped. The music rides on the edge between suspenseful and terrifying and has a constant pulse which matches my own frantic one while listening to the score. The electronic sounds form a simple melody that undertones the entire score. This music could work very well in a computer game that takes place in a confined space where the enemies are hardly visible but very threatening.

“I.T.” is a simple, dark and very effective score. The composer didn’t try to overdo it and provided the movie with the slim and powerful musical support it needed. The score both worried me and convinced me that I want to watch the movie and see how the story fits.  Fans and nostalgics of electronic music will like this one.

Cue rating: 80 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 7 / 33

Album excellence: 21%

Highlights:

05 The Crash

06 Disinfect The House

13 Who’s There-

15 Recover

About the author

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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