THE SPACE BETWEEN US.

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THE SPACE BETWEEN US, is a science fiction romance. The central character Gardener Elliot (Asa Butterfield) is the first human to be born on Mars, in his teens he begins an online friendship with a young girl on Earth, Tulsa, (Britt Robertson) who lives in Colorado. Gardener takes his first trip to Earth where he wants to experience all the sights sounds and smells he has up until then only read about. But the 16-year-old runs into problems when scientists discover that his organs are unable to withstand the earth’s atmosphere. He goes on the run with Tulsa, and must race the clock to discover how he came to be and if he belongs anywhere on earth or Mars. Directed by Peter Chelson, this is a weepy but a somewhat predictable tale, but I am sure it will be a popular picture. The original musical score is by composer Andrew Lockington and contains songs by Ingrid Michaelson, Borns, Banners, James Bay and The Crystal Fighters. I must say I normally don’t like the mix of songs and score but in this case Lockington’s music is complimented and embellished by these vocal performances which are quite gentle, simple, and easy going. SMALLEST LIGHT and STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE being most prominent and affecting both being performed by Ingrid Michaelson. The original music is in a word a delight to listen to. The composer fusing both symphonic and synthetic elements to create a delicate and at times highly emotive work, that at times can be filled with a sound and aura that relays wonderment or fragility, it is alluring and somewhat beguiling, the music drawing one in and surrounding you with a calming and tranquil atmosphere. Andrew Lockington has worked on many motion pictures as well as scoring TV shows and he is for me a composer of note, his score for SKINWALKERS for example is one of the most atmospheric horror scores of recent years, with his eerie and disturbing score for INCARNATE in 2016 adding weight to his already impressive CV. THE SPACE BETWEEN US is a subdued score for the most part of its duration, with occasional mini eruptions of action music or darker passages being introduced as it progresses. This style of scoring works wonderfully, the composer building his themes slowly but surely and adding nuances and hints of themes throughout which holds the attention of the listener. In many ways, the style that the composer has employed is comparable to that of Thomas Newman in places, it is a delicate and poignant score for the most part, and although this is a grower as in it grows on the listener over time, I did find myself returning to a few of the cues straight after they had finished. Another score worth checking out.

TRACK LISTING.

Smallest Light (Ingrid Michaelson)
3:37
2.
At Home (Crystal Fighters)
5:06
3.
10,000 Emerald Pools (BØRNS)
2:55
4.
Shine a Light (Banners)
4:39
5.
Stay Right Where You Are (Ingrid Michaelson)
4:41
6.
Need the Sun to Break (James Bay)
3:46
7.
I Want to Go to Mars
6:03
8.
Meet Gardner
2:15
9.
Oh Caro Sollievo (Maeve Palmer)
2:05
10.
First Skype
3:12
11.
The Rover
3:16
12.
Coming to See You
3:29
13.
No One Has to Know
5:04
14.
Biplane
3:51
15.
Fall to Earth
2:50
16.
Confetti to Vegas
4:39
17.
Ocean
5:24
18.
Race to Save Gardner
4:19
19.
Hand on Knee

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