Movie Soundtrack

The Hostage

Music By: Alexandre Desplat

Performed By: The London Symphony Orchestra

Distributed By: Superb Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners




            Former LAPD Hostage Negotiator, Jeff Talley (played by Bruce Willis), thought that taking the job as Chief of Police in the upscale suburb of Bristo Camino would be his best chance at forgetting the horrors of his old job.  However, the ghosts of the past aren’t as easily eradicated and Talley finds himself facing the worst hostage-taking scenario yet.  Three unsuspecting teenagers choose the wrong family to rob.  Trapped in a multi-million dollar mansion, they take the family members hostage.  Unbeknownst to them, the home is owned by criminal masterminds and trapped inside, along with the would-be hostage-takers, is time sensitive information critical to the operations of the crime syndicate.  In an effort to enlist Talley in their efforts to retrieve the information stored in the home, the syndicate has Talley’s family taken hostage.  Now Talley is forced to make the ultimate decision – does he sacrifice another family to save his own?  This is the story behind the movie Hostage.

            The soundtrack of Hostage contains music composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Alexandre Desplat, a French composer who received a Golden Globe nomination for his Original Score in Girl With A Pearl Earring.  The music is performed by the very capable performers in The London Symphony Orchestra.  Alexandre Desplat proves he is more than up to the challenge of creating a soundtrack for an action movie.  In a surprising and, more than likely, calculated move, the composer begins the soundtrack with an eerie composition consisting of a child’s innocent voice fading in and out of a piano background.  The composition, Child’s Spirit, is inserted often within the soundtrack as background during intense moments.  Often times, in such flicks, it’s the music that sets the mood for the audience.  The soundtrack of Hostage is no exception to this rule as listeners will find themselves jumping out of their seats when listening to the track Breaking In, which starts off quiet and serene and then fairly shouts in a sneak attack on the already frayed nerves. 

            Desplat’s composition throughout the soundtrack weaves a tale of pain and anguish – the anguish of Talley in his quest to free his family without destroying that of another.  Desplat is successful in telling the tale through his musical score.  The listener doesn’t need to view the movie to bond with the main character or his plight.  The test of any good soundtrack is whether hearing it will invite the listener to see the movie.  Desplat’s Hostage Movie Soundtrack passes this test with flying colors.

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