New Orleans trumpeter/composer/bandleader Terence Blanchard re-teamed with longtime collaborator Spike Lee in 2006 for the thriller Inside Man. The film, starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster, follows a cat and mouse game between a philosophical bank robber and the detectives, lawyers, and bank officials that try and come between them. Blanchard, who spent much of the recording of the movie taking care of property and family members in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, turns in one of his most powerful scores to date, utilizing the expansiveness of Aaron Copland, the action motifs of Hans Zimmer, and the emotionally charged experimentation of Ennio Morricone to produce a work that is as playful and mischievous as it devastating and compelling.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger