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Composer: Hans Zimmer
WaterTower Music
Release Date: July 13, 2010



Half Remembered Dream (1:12)
We Built Our Own World (1.55)
Dreams Is Collapsing (2:23)
Radical Notion (3:43)
Old Souls (7:44)
528491 (2:23)
Mombasa (4:54)
One Simple Idea (2:28)
Dream Within A Dream (5:04)
Waiting For A Train (9:30)
Paradox (3:25)
Time (4:35)


The day the trailer to this Christopher Nolan movie premiered was the day we have been looking forward to this soundtrack. The Hans Zimmer like trailer theme proved to be as mind blowing as the movie itself. But wait, the composer of the trailer music isn’t Zimmer the man? Sorry to disappoint Zimmer fans, but the man behind the memorably powerful tune “Mind Heist” was a certain Zack Hemsey.

So how does this soundtrack album fare then? The 49 minutes worth of music is what you’d expect from a typical Zimmer composition – bombastically loud and in your face. Nothing wrong with that though – because having seen the movie and listened to the soundtrack more than once, the score does fit the visuals of the brainy blockbuster very well.

From “Half Remembered Dream” and “We Built Our Own World” to “Dream is Collapsing” and “Radical Notion”, you get the feeling that the four tracks are seamlessly joined together to form one sinisterly dark listening experience. The heavy synthesizer and the foreboding strings paint a mysterious picture that puts you on the brink of your imagination. If you are familiar with Zimmer’s style, this isn’t anything innovative or refreshing to the ears.

In “Old Souls”, things get a little sentimental as the eight minute cue takes its time to pull at your heartstrings – in an ominously threatening manner. In “528491”, the apprehensive mood is continued until its last moments where the booming notes bring the cue to an end. In “Mombasa”, you are brought on an exhilarating action packed chase which is, by far, the most accessible and exciting track.

An interesting track to listen out for is the lengthy “Waiting For A Train”. The nine odd minute cue takes its time to build up the gravely profound mood before reaching a soaring high with its brass and strings ensemble. Strangely, there is a female vocal by Edith Piaf (it is interesting to note that the movie’s female star Marion Cottilard played the French singer in her 2007 Academy Award winning movie “La vie en rose”) at its seventh minute. The snippet from the song “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” adds a inexplicably beautiful edge to the soundtrack.

Rounding it all up is the heart wrenching “Time”, which breaks our heart when we reflect on the love story in the film. The other tracks may be a hit and miss effort by Zimmer (it really depends on which side of the camp you are on), but this track is a must listen as it is, to put it simply: emotionally poignant.


Recommended Track: : (12) Time

Review by John Li

Posted on 9 August 2010

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