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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2010
There are a few things you need to know about this score. First off, Zimmer composed it "blind", essentially being made to work off the script, and not the finished film. This makes it an unpredictable and utterly separate work, with different pacing to the film.

He also hunted down a French sound-engineer to digitally rip out the opening trumpets from Je Ne Regrette Rien and wove it into the opening Foghorn style attacks. Slow down the Edith Piaf original and you'll hear it's the same.

Why did he do this? Well, since time stretches in a dream, so does the music. Remarkable.

Also brilliant is the track Mombassa, which has an unusual moment around 3/4 in where the brass section blast out 3 notes, all exactly an octave apart - a very unusual and uncommon moment in music. Again, it seems Zimmer may be pointing to 3 "levels" or planes within the music - of course if you compare the music to that point in the film, this "3 level" note makes perfect sense.

A wonderful, intelligent and ass-kicking album. GET IT.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Right up there with Zimmer's finest work on 'Gladiator' and 'The Dark Knight'. Christopher Nolan's films always feature fascinating scores and this is no exception. Dark, forbidding and utterly compelling, Zimmer's massed synthesier and orchestra conjure an almost physical wall of sound that is unrelenting and transcedent. The film is an instant classic and the score deserves to be judged likewise. A must for all movie soundtrack buffs and music lovers of any ilk.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2010
I cannot stop listening to this score. Absolutely outstanding. Nolan brings out the best of Zimmer. Like the movie, it is so layered and original. The best of the year..so far. Score and movie cannot be missed.
For a further treat, look up the Inception Premiere and Live Concert. About 7 minutes of interviews but 20 minutes of live performance. Just watch and listen.... and be moved. Emotional.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2013
I love this soundtrack and find the score written by Hans Zimmer leaves me wanting to listen to it over and over again. A must for any soundtrack collection, made me go looking for more of his work and buying more too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2013
I absolutely love this film & the score to.
The score encourages empowerment, particularly making housework, Epic!
Turn it up load, let it surround & enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2013
Walking out of the movie and realising that half my experience was the soundtrack. It's just amazing. Better than some of this others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
Watched the film recently and just had to have the soundtrack. I don't normally buy film music but why not when it is as good as this?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2013
Time is probably the best known and remembered track but give the others a chance. The album is hans at his usual best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2015
The music and fil work exceptionally we together. The theatre I saw it at had an increased base, resulting in the periods of higher tension and pace reverberating throughout the audtitorium.

I have continued to listen to the music and would suggest this is a measure of how good I've found the tracks. For me it drowns out the general noise around me, and commands a certain amount of attention.

A rare combination of music and film that remainds me of how music can add increase the enjoyment of a film.
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Dive into Nolan's labyrinthine worlds within worlds with only music as your guide. You will get lost - and you will love every second of it. This is an extreme musical trip into the unknowable.

To anyone who has not yet seen this epic movie I would strongly recommend to do so. Nevertheless, the soundtrack stands on its own. Zimmer only had the script to go by so his compositions reflect his own take on the characters and events of the movie and are not simply there to complement the pictures.

The collections starts off ominously with the short HALF REMEMBERED DREAM, reaches an early peak with THE DREAM IS COLLAPSING, turns playfully threatening with ONE SIMPLE IDEA to end with my favorite, TIME, a majestic closing piece, full of new found hope and open sunbathed vistas.

If you think of buying this because you were blown away by the trailer music keep in mind that it is not included. That piece is called Mind Heist and it was actually composed by Zack Hemsey, not Hans Zimmer.

This is the music of the worlds within, the sound of our subconscious fears and most secret dreams; the sound of the pulsating thread that connects us with the Universe.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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