Robert Williamson and Geoff Zanelli – “Gamer”

Album Reviews | Nov 7th, 2009

Record Label: Lakeshore Records
Genre: Film Score
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The latest shoot ‘em up movie is Gamer, starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall. The movie was directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who have done Crank and Crank: High Voltage. So you can expect more of the same with high-paced action, and outrageous storylines. I haven’t seen the movie but I’m sure it’s an enjoyable flick that doesn’t make you think too much.

Composing the score is both Robert Williamson and Geoff Zanelli. Zanelli was the composer who has done many additional scoring for Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams and many other Media Venture type film composers. By himself, he has done scores for the miniseries Into The West, Disturbia, Hitman, and Ghost Town. Without listening much to the score, I could tell it was going to be similar to the score to Equilibrium. The score also has some elements from Dark Knight as well. The Joker theme mostly, because it contains lots of inaudible noises and screeching noises. The score is a mixture of classical, screeching noise, techno and rock music. That’s pretty much what you get with this type of movie. Some tracks are quiet, and then some are just straight up rock & metal music. Since this is about video games, you get a computerized feeling when listening to the tracks.

There are a few music tracks on the CD as well. Marilyn Manson starts off the album with “Sweet Dreams” and then there’s something completely different…”Bad Touch” from the Bloodhound Gang. Closing out the CD is Sammy Davis Jr with “Medley: I’ve Got You Under My Skin/Big Bad John/Night And Day.”

If you think this score is going to pleasant and something to listen to while reading a book; think again, this would be better off in the background while you play video games instead.

Bottom Line: The score may work in the movie but by itself, it’s not really that interesting
Notable Tracks: Upgrades, Kable vs Castle
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