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Composed and Produced by:
Harald Kloser
Thomas Wanker

Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
James Brett

Co-Orchestrated by:
Marcus Trumpp
Robert Elhai
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RCA Records
(November 10th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you were awed by the simple, though magnificent orchestral and choral crescendos accompanying the striking vistas in the film's middle and final acts.

Avoid it... if you're tired of hearing director Roland Emmerich's composers of the 2000's write scores with restrained emotional depth and negligible complexity, music that is more appropriate for television documentaries than massive, feature disaster productions.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,111
WRITTEN 11/20/09
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2012: (Harald Kloser/Thomas Wanker) Audiences go to disaster flicks to see chaos and disorder. They want to see landmarks destroyed, machines blow up, and thousand of people annihilated. To that end, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a single feature film in the disaster genre seems like a good idea. When that money is put into lengthy exhibitions of devastation, the masses are generally satisfied. But when is director and producer Roland Emmerich going to realize that trying insert a wide range of character stories in the middle of these kinds of films only serves to bore? James Cameron's Titanic worked because it was centered upon only two people in the midst of a spectacular disaster. Emmerich films like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012 don't justify their running times because they attempt to morally justify the scenes of mass destruction and death by artificially inserting a large set of emotional character stories, often ridiculously including the American president. The fact that Emmerich has chosen the likes of Matthew Broderick and John Cusack to lead these films only makes them more excruciatingly insufferable. In the case of 2012, the plot not only allows Emmerich to revisit his environmental agenda while indulging in the graphic depiction of Los Angeles' improbable end, but it also gave him plenty of latitude in playing upon the fears of stupid people who think that the conclusion of the Mayan calendar in December of 2012 really does imply doomsday and judgment. The Chinese have loved the film; for once, they're the good-guys in an American blockbuster, and a cynical sort could claim that Emmerich made the conscious choice to define them as a key member of the world's salvation in the story to ensure $50 million or more in earnings from the box office of that nation. On the whole, however, 2012 is a tested formula presentation, likely to justify its $260 million budget (but hopefully not by much). Another tell-tale sign that the screenplay for your 160-minute project is inept is the fact that your composer for the film, a person with no formal writing credits outside of this collaboration, is both one of two co-writers and a producer for you. Emmerich decided to include Harald Kloser in more of his production elements after the composer impressed him with some story suggestions for The Day After Tomorrow, leading to writing and executive production work on both 10,000 BC and 2012.



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529 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.52 Stars
***** 58 5 Stars
**** 66 4 Stars
*** 112 3 Stars
** 151 2 Stars
* 142 1 Stars
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Orchestra and choir credits
David - March 10, 2010, at 12:02 p.m.
1 comment  (1692 views)
Theme sounded like elfman's batman   Expand >>
jay - December 11, 2009, at 4:44 a.m.
2 comments  (2220 views)
Newest: December 17, 2009, at 8:07 a.m. by
David
Fair review   Expand >>
Solaris - November 24, 2009, at 1:04 a.m.
2 comments  (1367 views)
Newest: November 24, 2009, at 12:11 p.m. by
David
One star too many?   Expand >>
Edmund Meinerts - November 23, 2009, at 1:10 p.m.
4 comments  (2320 views)
Newest: December 14, 2009, at 10:20 a.m. by
David
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 57:49
• 1. Time for Miracles - performed by Adam Lambert (4:43)
• 2. Constellation (1:30)
• 3. Wisconsin (1:14)
• 4. U.S. Army (2:20)
• 5. Ready to Rumble (1:42)
• 6. Spirit of Santa Monica (1:21)
• 7. It Ain't the End of the World - performed by George Segal and Blu Mankuma (2:52)
• 8. Great Kid (2:17)
• 9. Finding Charlie (1:45)
• 10. Run Daddy Run (1:14)
• 11. Stepping Into the Darkness (1:35)
• 12. Leaving Las Vegas (1:44)
• 13. Ashes in D.C. (4:19)
• 14. We Are Taking the Bentley (3:43)
• 15. Nampan Plateau (2:51)
• 16. Saving Caesar (2:09)
• 17. Adrian's Speech (1:42)
• 18. Open the Gates (2:16)
• 19. The Impact (1:49)
• 20. Suicide Mission (2:06)
• 21. 2012 The End of the World (1:24)
• 22. Collision With Mount Everest (1:09)
• 23. The End is Only the Beginning (5:44)
• 24. Fades Like a Photograph - performed by Filter (4:19)

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The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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Let's hope that hundreds of thousands of braindead people around the world (including depressed white-collar criminals) commit suicide in December 2012, just like the masses that jumped off cliffs in third world nations in December 1999.
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