Marco Beltrami has done a lot of scores for films. A lot more than you think. If you went to the theaters in the last five years, chances are you’ve heard his music. Guillermo Del Toro seems to swear by him, having used his talents in Mimic, Blade II and Hellboy. There is debate as to whether his scores are bland. I challenge anyone to listen to I, Robot, Joy Ride or 3:10 To Yuma and say that. People wonder how this guy can continue working in films, but it’s obvious that he has won over several directors including Len Wiseman, which he scored Underworld: Evolution and Live Free or Die Hard for, and Wes Craven, which he’s scored every film in the Scream franchise for and Cursed.
But Beltrami’s greatest score, in my opinion, is that for Wes Craven’s Red Eye. The score rounded out a perfect film. Unfortunately it is not available on CD, DreamWorks release this immediately!
His music is typically understated and yet still comes out with a strong beat. He typically does best with action movies, I, Robot, Resident Evil and Terminator 3 prove this best. This is music that will get your heart racing, and then drop off in a smooth transition to let the movie take back the reigns.
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