400 Days

Musical Score By: Wojciech Golczewski

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the psychological science fiction thriller, 400 Days, four astronauts – Captain Theo Copper (Brandon Routh), Dr. Emily McTier (Caity Lotz), Bug Kieslowski (Ben Feldman) and Cole Dvorak (Dane Cook) – undergo a simulated mission lasting four hundred days in an effort to discern the psychological effects of deep space travel.  The longer the crew is locked away, the more their mental state begins to deteriorate, especially after they lose communication with the outside world.  But when they are forced to exit the ship, the crew soon learns that this mission may not have been a simulation after all.

                The musical score of 400 Days was created by self-taught Polish composer Wojciech Golczewski.  Writing music in his teenage years, Golczewski’s musical career began in the European demoscene, showing off programming and musical skills.  He eventually moved into composing for video games including such notable Playstation 3 titles as Linger in Shadows and Datura.  Wojciech Golczewski’s first feature film composition was created for Eraser Children.  Since then, he has created music for television and film, including Dark Souls, City State, Late Phases and We Are Still Here.

                The score of this film is electronic, as is fitting a science fiction film, and explores the emotions of the crew as their mission continues.  According to the composer, “This score was created to set the general mood and atmosphere, especially for the first half of the film.  It’s claustrophobic, dizzy and brings all that stuff that can happen while you're locked for so long in small space with few other people to the surface. That is what I tried to underline with the music.”  Thus, there are tracks like Time, in which there are electronic sounds that emulate a ticking clock and some chime sounds as well that augment the passing of time in the ship. 

                Tracks like Tranquility and I Wanted to Tell You represent calmer moments in the film Oxygen is a tad bit disconcerting.  There is a sense of despair or worry amongst the crew.  Exploring the Area offers up a bit of hesitation and the sense of the unknown.  The first and last tracks, 400 Days and Final Fight are similar in theme, but the Final Fight has a much grittier sound to it.

                All in all, Wojciech Golczewski created an excellent score to accompany the psychological sci-fi thriller of 400 Days.  The use of electronic sound, reverb and other manipulations perfectly expresses the emotional distress and claustrophobia experienced by the crew in the confines of their space vessel Paranoia, anguish, anger and despair are represented well through the music and I have no doubt that this score enhances the feel of the film itself. 


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