Musical Score By: Hans Zimmer

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Inferno, the third installment in the Robert Langdon film series based on novels by Dan Brown, finds Professor Langdon (Tom Hanks) in a hospital room in Italy with no recollection as to how he got there.  Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) informs him that he is suffering from amnesia brought about by a bullet wound to the head.  Things become even more confusing when Dr. Brooks has to rescue Langdon from an assassin.  The two begin to piece clues together of Langdon’s whereabouts and current research in an effort to discover just what global plot Langdon might have uncovered that would make others want him dead.

                The musical score of Inferno was created by German composer Hans Zimmer, whose musical introduction came as a young child playing piano at home.  His parents were musically inclined and so, it seemed inevitable that Hans Zimmer would find his calling through music.  By the 1970s, Zimmer was playing keyboards and synthesizers in bands.  By the 1980s, he was writing advertising jingles until he began to make a serious foray into film composing.  His big success began with the composition of the score for Rain Man in 1988.  Since then, Hans Zimmer has been a much sought after composer, creating music for over 150 films, receiving awards for scores he composed for The Lion King, Gladiator, Crimson Tide, The Dark Knight, The Last Samurai, Inception, Interstellar and 12 Years A Slave

                The score created for Inferno is a mix of orchestral and electronic sound.  Heavy percussion and electronic sound are used in action sequences while piano pieces are used for gentler moments in the film.  Strings performed in superfast, high-pitched strokes denote danger in Seek and Find, while a softly beautiful violin solo makes its way into Beauty Awakens the Soul to Act.  The Inferno Soundtrack begins with a great deal of high action as Professor Langdon finds himself on the run, assassins dead on his trail.  The middle of the soundtrack features more of an intrigue/mystery type of sound with an underlying sense of danger.  By the end, we are back into the high action as Langdon confronts and prepares to stop his now known foes.

                The musical score of Inferno is exciting, even when the mood is quiet and contemplative.  Zimmer has created a score that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.  The movie may not have the greatest box office numbers, but this soundtrack is definitely worth the money to check out.  Hans Zimmer knows how to score action and intrigue and Inferno is just more proof of the fact. 


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