The music attached to a film creates the environment, I believe, moreso than the literal environment depicted through the visuals…
The film is a strange one – almost dreamlike in its ‘world’ with Mel Gibson as the outsider to the surrealist hotel that is the Million Dollar Hotel. But the soundtrack really complements this context with soft, slow, soothing guitar riffs and chords. Echoes litter the album but the two stand out tracks are by U2 – ‘Stateless’ and ‘The Ground Beneath her Feet’. The latter is on the album All That You Can’t Leave Behind (albeit as a bonus track), but the former is only available on this soundtrack. The third track I have chosen is Milla Jovovich singing Lou Reed’s ‘Satellite of Love’ showing the ‘dream like’ quality of the film… until the track descends into a strange territory. I always wish the song ended after 3 minutes, because the wailing ruins the song completely. In some ways, this song is not too far from the film itself – in that, as good as the film can appear and look, there is something uneven and strange about it making the film a little bit too strange to comfortably enjoy.
1. The Ground Beneath Her Feet