2:22 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score 2:22 by Lisa Gerrard & James Orr.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 83.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 17.3
Album Excellence: 24.3%
2:22 is a 2017 American-Australian thriller film directed by Paul Currie and starring Teresa Palmer, Michiel Huisman & Sam Reid. Two planes almost collide after a blinding flash of light paralyzes air traffic controller Dylan Branson for a few seconds. Suspended from his job, Dylan starts to notice a repetition of sounds and events in his life at exactly the same time every day. An underlying pattern soon builds, drawing him into New York’s Grand Central Station daily at 2:22 p.m. Now drawn into a complex relationship with a woman, Dylan must figure out a way to break the power of the past and take control of time itself. The score is composed by Lisa Gerrard & James Orr.
It’s a sort of science fiction kind of thriller that should interest me. Love all things time and the premise seems interesting. For soundtrack geeks point of view, the interesting thing will be Lisa Gerrard’s return to film scoring, not that she’s been away, but there hasn’t been an abundance of releases in recent years. My memory takes me back to Whale Rider and scores that defined her. She’s mostly known for being an integral part of scores like Hans Zimmer’s Gladiator. This time, Gerrard and Orr are running the show and it opens with ‘The Stars’, a mysterious science fiction-esque opening piece, minimalistic and ambient. If you listen closely you can hear Gerrard’s unique voice buried in the underscore. It’s a really good mood piece, kind of addicting actually as it lures you in.
Like Whale Rider and other Gerrard scores, it does have a certain calm to it. Almost like meditating music, but that would be not telling the whole story. It’s quite rhytmic with a clear emphasis on electronic music, but the rhythm itself is having a calming effect. ‘A Near Miss’ for example has a flangeing rhythm underscore and it’s felt, but it’s also not pushing you to any extremes. This is a sort of action music, and for Gerrard, I can’t say I’ve heard this much use of synths, and it is for me more interesting from a musical point of view than a great listening experience. Of course everything is better with a bit of Lisa Gerrard in it. ‘Eyes Meet’ is a cue every Lisa Gerrard fan must listen to. The music combined with her voice is really something special to listen to. It’s a shame though that most of the score doesn’t feature the best of Gerrard as that was my hopes and expectations.
5. The Stars
10. Grand Central
11. Eyes Meet
12. You Saved Me
15. A Drop Of Water
22. The Same People
30. Love Transcends Time