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Insomnia

David Julyan Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1. Opening Titles/Blood Trips
2. The Glacier
3. Kay's Theme
4. Kay's Bag
5. Fog
6. Will Hides The Gun
7. Call To Hap's Widow
8. Crimescene
9. The Dead Dog
10. Walter's Phone Call
11. Kay's Funeral
12. Walter's Apartment
13. Ellie's Theme
14. Will Confronts Walter
15. Will's Confession
16. Walter's Lake House
17. "Let Me Sleep"
18. Closing Titles

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By "teeba"
Format:Audio CD
I am not sure how many are aware that Insomnia is actually just a re-make of the 1996 Norwegian film Insomnia by Erik Skjoldbjaerg which won prizes at various international film festivals.
So, why the need for a re-make? True, I love Chris Nolan's work, and Memento is my all-time favourite film, so I hope that when Insomnia comes out that he has done it no injustice.
As for the soundtrack, what made the original film so impressive was the haunting, ambient soundtrack composed by Geir Jenssen, probably the leading ambient artist in the world. David Julyan may compose great soundtracks, but the original soundtrack should definitely have been used again. It set the atmosphere, with Geir Jenssen being from the actual city where the original was film. Now the new film has been relocated to the US (why? Nolan's British, isn't he?), your standard Americanization of any decent European film to make it a hit in the US box office, and the score has been changed. I have listened to the soundtrack (and still not seen the film), but if the film is anything like the original, the soundtrack now has none of the same monumental and chilling character that together with the beautiful imagery from within the Arctic Circle provokesd in me when I saw the original. Instead, the score strikes me as a bit bland and the strings don't really fit in, and it's as if I heard it all before in another soundtrack.
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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Director Christopher Nolan presents this psychological thriller of film noir as Al Pacino (Will Dormen-police detective) and Robin Williams (Walter Finch) play mind games, with Pacino in an Oscar winning performance. This has all the earmarkings of the years best thriller with menacing and tense twists. Pacino and Williams will likely keep you on the edge of your seat, as each actor gives their all.
Composer David Julyan who gave us the scores from "Following" (1998) and "Memento" (2000) another Christopher Nolan film of gripping proportions, sends the same message with this score from "Insomnia". Julyan takes the audience to another level with orchestration, arrangements and themes of internal affairs, police corruption, blackmail and suspense with haunting mesmerizing edges.
Take note of the stand outs ~ "FOG", with shades of Bernard Herrmann's understated pulsating arranging of counterpoints, brings back many wonderful memories when you listen to this captivating score ~ "KAY'S FUNERAL", so convincingly Hitchcock's "Vertigo", the theme gets under your skin ~ "WALTER'S LAKE HOUSE", slowly building with strings sounding the alarm, quiet percussion and additional strings come to the forefront, a single kettle drum pounds in the background with syncopation of darkness ~ "CLOSING TITLES", weaves each theme into a thrilling fabric of musical fibre, giving you what all "film-score-buffs" crave, closing to top-notch performances from a gifted composer...gotta love it!
Total Time: 57:06 on 18 Tracks ~ Varese Sarabande 302-066-357-2 ~ (2002)
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Format:Audio CD
I got this soundtrack before I even saw the movie. Well, I had to once I realized it was composed by David Julyan; the genius behind the music of "Memento" and "Following." I can say that this is one of my new favorite movie scores.
Very much like "Memento" and "Following," this score is very haunting and quiet. It really gets you thinking like someone who has insomnia. Each track is nothing but pure brilliance. The soundtrack also reminded me of the "Unbreakable" one, except only better. I really like the violins and the piano used on this score. Now after seeing the movie, I listen to this outstanding score and it's like reliving the movie.
David Julyan has a talent when it comes to movie scores. I hope that he scores other movies in this genera in the near future. He could be the next Danny Elfman. (I actually like Julyan's music a little better.)
If you liked the "Memento" score, then chances are that you will enjoy this one just as much, if not more. There are no "band" songs, so you don't have to skip around to just hear the score. This is a haunting and beautiful soundtrack. If you love the movie, get the music. And get this one while you still can; I have a feeling this might be a rare one to get in the very near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreary and bleak... a great soundtrack June 2 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Overall, a great soundtrack. It's very dreary and bleak; it matches the ominous tone of the film perfectly. The only fault I could find with the soundtrack was the fact that the closing credits music is a little less downbeat than the preceding tracks, so the soundtrack's continuity is broken a bit. Also, I disagree with the reviewer below that "every track is
pure brilliance." To say that is a little much. Not every song is as memorable as the standout tracks. Plus, many of the songs are extremely similar (nearly all of them begin with the same tune that is used throughout the opening theme, with little or no variation of melody.) In fact, if you just played the first 20 seconds of each track, one after another, you'd be hardpressed to tell the difference between most of the songs. But lucky for me, I really like the main theme, so that's not a huge problem for me. Standout tracks: Opening Titles/Blood Trips, The Glacier, Kay's Theme, and The Fog.
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