I have just finished listening to this album in it's entirety, on a snowy night in Nova Scotia, Canada. It has been years since I listened to this, but have to agree with the reviewer that called this a "diamond" in Oldfield's long list of albums. When placed in the context of the movie, the music on this cd could not be more on the mark of the emotions that the movie evokes. When you consider the horrors and sadness that the main character of the movie lived through, the music Oldfield composed for this film fits these two themes almost as if he had lived through it himself. The title of my review seems to be the two main themes that the tracks bring out in the listener, and sort of vary back and forth within the cd. It takes a while for this album to grow on you, but once it does, it is with you for good.
And if you are a perceptive listener, you will notice that the album ends on a note of hope and of better things to come, even though the cut itself starts out with the sadness theme.
Also, for those who know a bit about the context and the main character of the movie, how ironic is it that he was to live through all that he did only to be murdered by a mugger in a major American city? Defies logic..still, his memory and his story survive as an inspiration for those who would take the time to examine it.
Highly recommended, but do not expect typical Mike Oldfield. You're not going to get it. And depending on what album you are talking about..(Guitars, the Millenium Bell, and some others), that's a good thing. It's really too bad that he hadn't done more soundtracks, if this one is any indicator of his potential for them.