Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Losers (Soundtrack) by John Ottman - Review

The Losers (Soundtrack) by John Ottman - Review

“Lost and Found”
Review by Marius Masalar

As far as comic book movies go, you could do a lot worse than THE LOSERS. Sylvaine White’s take on the Vertigo property is violent and quick, but a solid cast, funny writing, and good performances keep this train from stopping at the mindless crap station for too long. And keeping the momentum up in a surprisingly stylish manner is JOHN OTTMAN, whose recent work on ASTRO BOY buoyed him back up closer to the level of public interest he once had for his work on X2.

The tone of the film obviously doesn’t allow OTTMAN the room to explore his creative and potent ability to wield an orchestra, but the music for THE LOSERS is nevertheless a showcase of precision crafting and intricate soundscapes. “Dead Men” (1) is a contemplative opening which, along with “Not Soldiers Anymore” (2), establishes the instrumental palette for the score: guitars, subtle synth work, rock organs, and layered percussive elements both live and processed. The latter track introduces something of a theme — a quick riff, really — that recurs to great effect several times throughout the score. It is simple and rousing, but decidedly contemporary in its nobility.

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