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Gift by Ian Honeyman (Review)

posted Jun 2, 2017, 12:02 PM by Kaya Savas

Gift tells the story about counterfeit pharmaceutical manufacturing in India and how global drug companies are involved in this shady business practice that affect so many people. While the film itself is fiction, director Daniel Harrich and his team did meticulous research to make sure the film’s story was based on true accounts that they discovered. The score by Ian Honeyman is an extremely effective one that embraces fantastic instrumentation and use of traditional Indian sounds to craft a score that doesn't rely on ethnic sounds but rather infuses them to allow the audience to transport and become immersed.

Gift is a fantastic thriller score that does a great job of establishing the narrative and then pulling the audience into it. The film takes place in India, but the way Ian approaches the music shows that he doesn't rely on traditional Indian sounds in place of good storytelling. It might seem the normal way of thinking to say “Takes place in India? Make it sound Indian.” You see that all the time in Hollywood films, and while it's great to incorporate a culture’s music into the score if the film is set there, sometimes it can be overbearing. Here, the score is very much based out of the narrative, and Ian’s use of Indian sounds pepper the soundscape rather than take over it. The score remains a successful modern thriller with some deep brooding textures and wonderful use of deep cello notes. The sound can often have this synthy crunch to it and it’s successful in keeping things feeling dirty in a good way. If I had to compare it, it has a bit of that Body Of Lies feel, a great balance of world sounds in a modern thriller approach. The emotions don’t hit too hard, and that was done probably to make sure the film didn't feel too heavy-handed. Overall though this score is extremely engaging from start to finish. 

Gift is a score and a movie that will definitely fly under the radar for everyone here in the US, but it’s a super engaging score from a great composer. Ian Honeyman got his start working with Klaus Badelt, and is now doing some great work as a solo composer. This is a wonderful example of Ian’s storytelling capabilities, and the best part is you can get this score at any price you want, yes even free if you wanted. So there’s no reason not to check it out.

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