Dredd Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Dredd by Paul Leonard-Morgan.
“What a weird mix this score was from start to end.”
Dredd is a new film based on the infamous Judge Dredd character from the 2000AD comic book series. In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. The film is directed by Pete Travis and starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey. The score is composed by Paul Leonard-Morgan.
|1. She’s a Pass||100|
|2. Mega City One||80|
|3. The Plan||80|
|4. The Rise of Ma-Ma||60|
|5. Anderson’s Theme||60|
|8. Kay Escapes||40|
|10. Undefined Space||20|
|11. Bad Judges||60|
|12. Judgment Time||40|
|13. Hiding Out||20|
|14. Order in the Chaos||100|
|16. Taking Over Peach Trees||80|
|17. It’s All a Deep End||60|
|18. Judge, Jury and Executioner||60|
|19. Any Last Requests?||60|
|20. You Look Ready||80|
|21. Ma-Ma’s Requiem||80|
|22. Apocalyptic Wasteland||100|
Last time I heard a score from Paul Leonard-Morgan I was excited by it. It felt just right and I loved the themes he managed to incorporate in such a cold and electronic environment. With Dredd he seemingly starts where he left off. ‘She’s A Pass’ is really great and what I expected this score to feel like. I wanted a heavy, electronic and metallic awesome score when I saw that Paul Leonard-Morgan was doing it. Not quite what I got though, because this score goes from brilliance to awfulness within 50 minutes of music.
Cues like ‘Undefined Space’, ‘Kay Escapes’ and ‘Judgment Time’ are just sound effects and barely listenable on CD. Then you have cues like ‘Lockdown’ that starts with an exciting bass line with some anticipating percussion sequences before the rough eletronic sounds sneak through and from 0:52 it’s all awesomness and I can see Dredd kicking some serious ass to this kind of music.
What a weird mix this score was from start to end. What started with a really great cue didn’t continue in the same street and some cues on here are really awful. Overall I ended up being confused and disappointed. I guess I have to wait until I see the movie to see how it all fits.
GEEK SCORE: 69