After the Fall

Music Composed By: Marc Streitenfeld

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            What would you be willing to do for your family?  How far would you be willing to go to preserve the life you have created for them?  How far is too far?  In After the Fall, Bill Scanlon (Wes Bentley) finds himself asking those same questions after he loses his high paying job as an insurance adjuster.  How will he manage to pay his bills and keep the fact that he has lost his job hidden from his family?  Desperate, Bill turns to a life of crime, engaging in robberies and more in an effort to stay ahead of his bills and, eventually, ahead of the law.  But how long can he keep this up and how long before his family finds out just how far he has fallen?

            The musical score of After the Fall was created by award-winning composer Marc Streitenfeld.  Born in Germany, Streitenfeld moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his dream of a career in music at the age of nineteen.  Since then, Streitenfeld has created musical scores for a number of well-known films, including American Gangster, Prometheus, The Grey, Killing Them Softly and the new Amazon television series Hand of God.

            The musical score of After the Fall is obviously quite dark.  After all, we are basically watching a character piece in which our main character descends into a darkness he can't pull himself out of.  A mix of orchestral and electronic sound, After the Fall will send chills up your spine the longer you listen.  As the character descends further into despair, the more out of tune and disjointed the tracks appear.  Especially spooky is the track, Robberies, with its disjointed sound and that high pitched tone that rounds out the track.  Synthesized keys offer up the idea that Bill has not only lost his balance, but is perhaps losing his mind.

            The After the Fall Soundtrack represents, quite honestly, some of the spookiest score I have ever listened to.  That says a great deal, considering this is not a score created for a horror film.  But, I suppose, this is a horror film in a sense - it's a film about the horrors of losing the life you have become accustomed and the creation of an identity you can't even recognize.  The idea of losing one's self in an effort to maintain a sense of normalcy for others can be considered a horror of sorts and the After the Fall score perfectly describes the emotional intensity of this horror.  Marc Streitenfeld is a talented composer, much in tune with the emotions of the characters for which he is creating score.  I can't wait to hear more from him!


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