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  • Audio CD (Dec 17 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00GJT8Y7C
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In the disaster/thriller Hours, Paul Walker stars as a father struggling to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Newcomer Benjamin Wallfisch makes his exciting VarŠse Sarabande debut with his powerful and emotional score.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6a6136c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a62348) out of 5 stars Wallfisch Continues To Show He Is One Of The Best In The Business Feb. 20 2014
By Kaya Savas - Published on Amazon.com
Hours comes at a time of sadness due to the tragic passing of Paul Walker, but the work behind the film is something that still should be celebrated. Composer Benjamin Wallfisch has crafted a stunning character journey that accompanies Walker’s powerful performance as a father struggling through tragedy to keep his newborn daughter alive. This is an overcoming the odds type of story, but its focus here is on our main character. This man is going through the horrendous experience of losing his wife in childbirth, hurricane Katrina striking and trying to keep his premature daughter alive through the disaster. This is not a true story, and I think that allows Wallfisch to go at it with as much power as he can. The result is a stunningly powerful, intense andc intimate character journey.

The story gets going rather quickly and right off the bat Paul Walker’s character, Nolan loses his wife. Wallfisch could have done things quite melodramatically, but he doesn’t. He handles the story with pure mastery by scoring loss with the right amount of terror and heartache. The track “Searching For Abigail” is also a haunting one that also introduces us to his daughter's theme. It’s not until the track “Bad Battery” where the disastrous reality of the situation is apparent and the music takes a much more frenetically suspenseful approach. Wallfisch keeps this electronic approach for those tension-filled moments yet will continually balance it with the emotional heartache that opened up the story. The great part is that these are long tracks that really show you how well the score works. The score works in these large strokes that fully immerse you in the story the music is telling. Heartache slowly turns into the beautiful inspiration to push on. Finally we get to that point at the end, that emergence from the darkness in the track “46th Hour”. There we get the full rush of relief and emotional culmination of the whole journey Nolan and Abigail went through. This is a very intimate and beautiful score that is a triumphant journey over pain and adversity.

Hours demonstrates Benjamin Wallfisch’s incredible ability to hone in on true human emotion in times of despair. This is a heartbreaking yet inspiring journey through tragedy. The music is a full rush of emotions, and culminates with the symbolic rise from the darkness. The electronic approach for the tension-filled moments works extremely well. Overall this is a fantastic effort from Wallfisch that wonderfully accompanies Paul Walker’s tour de force performance. Wallfisch is without a doubt one of the next great composers, and his recent work from here on Hours to Summer In February is proof of that. This is a beautiful score that is not to be missed.

*This review is dedicated to Paul Walker. As well as to his family and his friends.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a62654) out of 5 stars Quiet & Moody - fits movie well Feb. 2 2014
By Danny - Published on Amazon.com
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I was first introduced to Benjamin Wallflsch's music upon listening to his music for the movie "Hammer of the Gods". That is indeed a wild soundtrack that seems to combine a lot of different musical styles and instruments to create a very unique sound. For his music in the movie "Hours", he takes the appropriate turn in creating music that is quiet, moody and gives the tension needed for this type of film. The score is more ambient in the sense that it stays in the background and fills the space with music fitting for this film. There really is not action pieces and this cannot be compared to other disasters movies like "Dante's Peak", "Volcano", or "The Day after Tomorrow". Where those movies had scores to compliment the fiction of the movie, this music captures more of the realism...since after all the movie is based on events during Hurricane Katrina. The score attempts to get a little melodic during the "Abigail" track and you hear this slight theme in several spots but it never really develops into something you walk away humming to yourself. Because of the quiet ambient tone of the soundtrack, it is really enjoyable to listen to when relaxing and working. It is also enjoyable to listen and allows a kind of appreciation for the skill of soundtrack composers and how they work very hard to capture the essence of a film musically.
HASH(0xa6a62b88) out of 5 stars Wonderful March 17 2014
By pet lover - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the way this movie tells the story of the struggle this father went through to save his baby and himself. Paul Walker does a fantastic job in how he reflects the heart of this dad even in the midst of his own heartbreak after losing his wife in childbirth. Great work Paul !!!
HASH(0xa6a62300) out of 5 stars Great Score for a great movie May 27 2014
By R. Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
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I've never heard of this composer before, but during the film, I was intrigued by the score. In itself, IS another character in the movie and it works well.
HASH(0xa6a62be8) out of 5 stars HIS BEST MOVIE EVER June 11 2014
By Betty Blue Eyes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is his tribute to himself. I sure wish he had gotten a chance to prove how good an actor he really was becoming.

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