Atlas Shrugged: Part III: Who Is John Galt?

Composed By: Elia Cmiral

Distributed by: Atlas Productions

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            The Atlas Shrugged trilogy of movies are science fiction dramas based on Aryn Rand's 1957 novel.  Taking place in a dystopian United States, in which some of the nation's most powerful industrialists find themselves fighting back against the government's aggressive new regulations.  In the third installment, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?, railroad executive Dagny Taggart (Laura Regan) and steel mogul Henry Rearden have been fighting the government for twelve years.  Once, a common worker vowed to stop the government's dictatorial ways and now, twelve years later, John Galt (Kristoffer Polaha) has risen up again, leading his followers in a new effort against the government.  Only one woman can stop him - Dagny Taggart.

            The musical score of Atlas Shrugged: Part III: Who Is John Galt? was created by Czech composer Elia Cmiral.  The son of an actress and a theater director, Cmiral was destined for a career in the arts.  Studying composition and double bass at the Prague Music Conservatory, he experienced his first scoring opportunity with his father's production of Cyrano de Bergerac.  By the 80s, Cmiral had moved to Sweden, writing scores for several European films, television and three ballets.  In 1989, he moved to the United States.  Since then, he has composed musical scores for Apartment Zero, Nash Bridges, Stigmata, Wrong Turn, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Rites of Passage, Piranha 3DD and more.

            Created for a film set in a dystopian society, the first track of score for Atlas Shrugged: Part III: Who Is John Galt? is noticeably dark.  The industrial nature of the storyline calls for a somewhat tech-based score.  Thus, one hears hints of synths in the midst of the orchestral sound and dramatic choral notes in The Strike.  But what follows is a tad surprising.  There is a rather uplifting romantic feel to the track, Atlantis, which features a beautiful piano composition, as does The Oath.  But, as the track's name foretells, Return to the Dark features a return to the darker score found in the first track of the album.  Though there is an intrinsic beauty to the music, it gets noticeably darker as the album progresses, until the final action sounding moments of the film.  It all culminates in a heroic, rolling snare-based track called The Beginning.

            Atlas Shrugged: Part III: Who Is John Galt? may have been a phenomenal flop in theaters, but the soundtrack is definitely an enjoyable creation.  Elia Cmiral knows how to create a dramatic score and his creation for the third installment of the Atlas Shrugged series is incredibly dramatic and often times quite beautiful.  Definitely a soundtrack worth checking out, even if the movie is not.


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