Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris and Carrie-Anne Moss anchor the toga-clad ensemble in director Paul W.S. Anderson’s (Resident Evil,Mortal Kombat, Death Race) 2014 epic love story set against the AD 79 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the subsequent destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii.
A prolific fixture in Canadian television before his breakthrough 2009 score for Neil Blomkamp’s District 9, Canadian composer Clinton Shorter delivers his most accomplished work to date for Pompeii, a savvy choral-orchestral effort characterized by thematic diversity and ambitious orchestration. Bookended by Gothic-inspired operatic tracks ("Main Titles", "Ashes to Ashes"), Shorter’s score is a construct of primarily short cues that alternate between suspenseful thrusts of narrative momentum ("Revenge Fight", "You Will Talk", "Shields Up") and alternatively reflective and heroic character- and relationship-driven themes ("I See Death", "The Senator", "He Dies First", "Proculus"). Other tracks, like the haunting, dissonant "Vesuvius", intrude like a Greek chorus, evoking the ever-present hand of fate.