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Track 12 "Grave Robbers"

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The first segment of the track with scrambling percussion and piano darting about in the lower registers is a fresh and welcome addition to the Williams tradition of "skulk/conspiracy" scoring, which dates at least as far back as Close Encounters and also finds memorable rendition in Black Sunday, Empire of the Sun, JFK, Jurassic Park, and Nixon, among other films. The stylistic similarities are clear, but Williams always seems to mix things up enough to keep it from sounding stale.

The second segment of the track, on the other hand, sounds shopworn: too blatantly out of the The Lost World: Jurassic Park playbook for my taste.

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It's the second section of the cue. The actual "Grave Robbers" cue (the first section of the track) was partially tracked onto that scene. Check out the complete score analyses on the front page.

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Funnily enough, the opening sort of reminded me a little bit of the beginning of John Adams's El Dorado, albeit a much faster and more frenetic version of the latter. I suppose that connection is appropriate for this film...

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