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September 26, 2020

David Buckley Releases His Score to Earth-Shattering Disaster Movie, GREENLAND

Music.Film Recordings, in partnership with Varèse Sarabande Records, has released the original motion picture soundtrack to GREENLAND, featuring music by composer David Buckley (THE GIFTED, PAPILLON*, THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM). The movie is about a family fighting for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth; John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to reach sanctuary in a group of underground bunkers in Greenland.

In his music, Buckley re-teaming with director Ric Roman Waugh on their second collaboration (after ANGEL HAS FALLEN *) brings a decidedly human element to the action-packed disaster thriller. “After our previous collaboration, it was great to get back into the trenches with Ric for GREENLAND,” Buckley said. “While fully acknowledging the scope and scale of a disaster thriller, Ric was keen for me to concentrate on the human drama and the family bond that is so effectively illustrated in the film. Gerard Butler is not playing a super-human character here, but an everyman dealing with normal life, until life becomes very abnormal. Ric and I quickly hit on the idea of an electric guitar carrying his character’s theme – it felt grounded and real to us. To capture the awesome majesty of the comet’s destructiveness, I melded the lowest string sounds of detuned double basses with higher otherworldly sounds from processed organic instruments. And to give a sense of innocence lost, of hope and redemption, I utilized a boys choir which assert themselves most fully in the final act of the movie. Between these recurring musical identities, Ric and I hoped to convey the ideas of family, renewal and humanity throughout the score.”

– via Lakeshore Records Soundtracks Scores & More

See here for the album purchase link.

* Related: See my review of Buckley’s ANGEL HAS FALLEN score here; see my interview with Buckley on scoring PAPILLON here)

Watch the GREENLAND trailer:

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