Michael Nyman


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Michael Nyman's cold, clinical score to the sci-fi flop Gattaca perfectly complements the sterile dystopia that is the onscreen milieu, but what works so effectively within the context of the film tanks outside of it. Nyman deliberately drains the passion and humanity from his music to evoke a world devoid of personal freedom, an appropriate and even brave creative choice that nevertheless yields a dreary listening experience -- in fact, it's difficult to think of another score more appropriate to its accompanying film that is nevertheless so utterly boring. Equal parts success and failure, Gattaca simply drones on and on, bereft of suspense, romance and vitality.

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