PR: Armored



Composer John Murphy Harnesses The Film's Thrills and Double-Crosses

With An Exhilarating Musical Score

(January 5, 2010- Burbank, CA) La-La Land Records will be releasing the soundtrack for Armored. Composer John Murphy (The Last House on the Left, Kick Ass) wrote the original score, which will be available in-stores and via their website on January 19, 2010.

John Murphy is a prominent British film composer from the city of Liverpool. He began composing music for films in the 90s, working on several successful British movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Murphy relocated to Los Angeles and has produced several prominent and diverse compositions for 28 Days Later, Miami Vice, Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later, The Last House on the Left and the upcoming film Kick Ass.

Awards for Murphy's film music include the Silver Award (1st Prize) at Cannes, British D & AD Award, and he has been nominated for an Ivor Novello, an RTS Award, and the Brit Award for Best Soundtrack. Murphy has also composed and produced music for commercials, including campaigns for Reebok, Nike and Apple.

"I really loved doing Armored," said Murphy. "It's not often that I get let off the leash to get all my guitars and distortion pedals out and smash it down with the director. I fondly remember [director] Nimrod [Antal] screaming at me through the noise 'Louder, Bigger." He was superb. Wish they were all that much fun."

A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risks their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off. The film, which was directed by Nimrod Antal, stars Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, and Skeet Ulrich.

"The film feels very European to me and Nimrod wanted the music to reflect that in its approach and its tone. Neither of us wanted a typical action type score," Murphy describes. "We wanted it to be abrasive and volatile; at least from the point at which the heist has gone wrong. And we liked the idea that as time was running out, and the panic was growing, the music would get more distorted and out of control. In fact, from a certain point early on the film, when everything starts to happen in real time, the score really just becomes one big long crescendo, with hardly a breath in between."

Screen Gems presents Armored in theaters now. The original soundtrack will be available at and in stores on January 19th.


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