CutThroat Island | John Debney
Pirates Geena Davis and Matthew Modine compete with rival pirate Frank Langella to find hidden treasure in director Renny Harlin’s 1995 swashbuckling epic.
Oscar-nominated for “The Passion of the Christ,” composer John Debney strikes a decidedly less reverent tone with this unapologetically grandiose, old-fashioned adventure score. The furious blunt edge of brass and timpani lead a full orchestra and chorus to conjure a rousing musical evocation of wind-whipped seas, mighty ships and courageous derring-do with frequent reminders of the danger and uncertainty that also lurk in the deep below. A dash of swooning romance and a pinch of Renaissance harpsichord (Purcell Snatcher) complete the effort, a nautical symphony of heroic proportions – and one of Debney’s very best.