The Company You Keep | Cliff Martinez
Produced and directed by Robert Redford, this adaptation of Neil Gordon’s 2003 novel also stars Redford as a former Weather Underground radical whose life is thrown into turmoil after an ambitious young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) delves into the arrest of another former radical (Susan Sarandon).
Regular Steven Soderbergh composer Cliff Martinez channels a tense sense of ideological ambivalence into his minimalistic but highly effective score. Short cues comprised primarily of synthesizer and electronic percussion – sometimes moody and ambient (“Bye Mom,” “You’re My Brother,” “It Was Hardly Groovy”), elsewhere tense and percussive (“Bring Home the War,” “Take the Subway,” “Close Call on the Train”) – underline the film’s key narrative and emotional tension, youthful rage versus mature reflection. Part thriller, part socio-political drama, Martinez’ approach to the film combines and blends musical elements of both genres, achieving a rare and beguiling musical hybrid.
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