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Total Recall
(2012)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenway

Orchestrated by:
Alastair King
David Butterworth

Additional Music by:
Hybrid
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Madison Gate Records
(July 31, 2012)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Initially a download-only release, available solely through iTunes. A "CDr on demand" option through Amazon.com was made available in late August, 2012.
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Buy it... if you have an established taste for Harry Gregson-Williams' heavily manipulated thumping, clicking, and grinding thriller style that predictably uses secondary organic backing for occasional warmth.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything relating to or competing with Jerry Goldsmith's tremendous score for the 1990 adaptation of the same concept, Gregson-Williams' approach to this remake sadly forced towards the purpose of generic background propulsion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,054
WRITTEN 8/10/12
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Total Recall (2012): (Harry Gregson-Williams/Various) Bankrupt of new ideas, Columbia Pictures announced in 2009 that it would produce a remake of the campy 1990 fan favorite movie, Total Recall. Although California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger did express interest in reprising his prior role in the remake, the 2012 version of the concept strayed away from him, the levity he brought to the story, and, for that matter, Philip K. Dick's actual 1966 idea that loosely inspired both films. The 1990 movie represented a breakthrough in special effects that at least attempted to be loyal to the Dick story, gaining respect over time as an infectious, emotionally involving display of grotesque violence with kinky undertones. While there were socialistic elements to the Paul Verhoeven film, they were nowhere near the emphasis seen in the 2012 remake, which essentially removes the alien and space-related aspects of Dick's tale and replaces them with Earthbound political commentary. The brazen fun of the 1990 movie is jettisoned to make room for what essentially plays like a knock-off of Minority Report, a constant chase involving fragmented memories, untrustworthy people, and futuristic flying cars. Critics did not warm to Len Wiseman's Total Recall, and audiences failed to make it the overwhelming box office success that the 1990 film had been. One of the greatest assets of the prior Total Recall, of course, was a tremendously entertaining score by Jerry Goldsmith, who was at the later heights of his career at the time. There is no doubt that the two versions of Total Recall differ in personality and execution, and the music written by Goldsmith may not have fit at all in the context of the remake. But this is a good opportunity to examine how music functions in movies at a fundamental level, for you have here a dichotomy between introverted and extroverted methodology that illuminates a shift in how Hollywood filmmakers want music to function in their post-2000 movies. What Goldsmith wrote was clearly an extroverted score, wearing its themes on its sleeve and balancing grandiose harmonic statements of wonder with his trademark flair for rhythmic gravitas and synthetic augmentation of a primarily symphonic soundscape. Conversely, the remake, handled by Tony Scott thriller veteran Harry Gregson-Williams, is served with a comparatively introverted score that was meant to enhance the sound effects of the movie in a way that primarily focuses on background propulsion.

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VIEWER RATINGS
324 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 1.76 Stars
***** 12 5 Stars
**** 19 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
** 75 2 Stars
* 184 1 Stars
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What adversion does C.C. have with electronics?   Expand >>
Ryan MV - April 25, 2013, at 9:00 a.m.
2 comments  (389 views)
Newest: January 29, 2014, at 4:35 a.m.by Edmund Meinerts
Jerry is the best composer! Total recall is the 1990 score!!
Isaac - August 12, 2012, at 2:31 p.m.
1 comment  (664 views)
Sounds disturbingly like Tron Legacy   Expand >>
Taikou - August 12, 2012, at 2:08 p.m.
2 comments  (1152 views)
Newest: August 12, 2012, at 6:06 p.m.by Edmund Meinerts
We miss you, Jerry   Expand >>
Mr. Jingle Jangles - August 11, 2012, at 1:18 p.m.
2 comments  (946 views)
Newest: August 13, 2012, at 4:05 a.m.by Bernardo
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Track Listings Icon
TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 56:22
• 1. The Dream (3:35)
• 2. The Fall (2:11)
• 3. Colony (1:56)
• 4. The Tripping Den (2:50)
• 5. Rekall (2:51)
• 6. Rooftop Chase (2:23)
• 7. Hand Call (2:50)
• 8. The Vault (4:50)
• 9. Customs (1:40)
• 10. Car Chase Pt. 1 (2:44)
• 11. Car Chase Pt. 2 (1:34)
• 12. The Key (1:24)
• 13. The Scar on Your Hand (4:15)
• 14. Elevator Chase (5:21)
• 15. Train to Matthias (4:03)
• 16. Saving Melina (2:35)
• 17. Gravity Reversing (2:19)
• 18. Up Top Fight (2:52)
• 19. The Fall Collapses (1:35)
• 20. It's Hard to Believe, Isn't It? (2:34)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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