Composed By: Mychael Danna
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the dramatic thriller, Remember, Martin Landau is Max Rosenbaum, an elderly, incapacitated Holocaust concentration camp survivor currently living in a New York City nursing home. He befriends a dementia sufferer named Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer) whom he has recognized from their time in Auschwitz. Max convinces Zev that he must avenge the murder of their families at the camp, slipping him the information that the murdering Blockführer Otto Wallisch, is living in North America under an assumed name. As Zev hunts down the man who killed his family, his mind slips in and out of clarity…until the moment he makes a horrific discovery about the man he is hunting.
The musical score of Remember was created by award winning Canadian composer Mychael Danna. Scoring is in the Danna blood – Mychael’s brother Jeff is also a composer. Mychael Danna, known for his ability to blend non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music, has amassed quite an impressive resumé of film scores including Life of Pi, The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, The Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil, Little Miss Sunshine, Girl, Interrupted, The Good Dinosaur, Tyrant and more.
The Remember Soundtrack features an orchestral score with strings, piano and woodwinds. The opening track, Zev Meets Max, contains a somber theme with somewhat of a bayou feel – that idea that something is simmering just under the surface. There are moments in which the musical score sounds almost classical, but there are others that are dark and ominous feeling. The manipulation of instruments to make sounds that feel uncomfortable or spooky are perhaps meant to represent Zev’s addled mind and his distorted memories.
The score for Remember is definitely dark, befitting the storyline behind the film. I thought the manipulation of the instruments went a long way in explaining Zev’s state of mind. The last track, Tell Them Who You Are, has a sound very reminiscent of old sleuth/detective films in which the whodunit is revealed. The score created by Mychael Danna is spot on with the film’s dramatic thriller qualities. Definitely worth the listen!