Soundtrack Review: Eye In The sky

Soundtrack Review: Eye In The sky

Eye In The Sky Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Eye In The Sky by Paul Hepker & Mark Kilian.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 91.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 37.3
Album Excellence: 57.3%

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Eye In The Sky is a 2015 British thriller film directed by Gavin Hood and starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman. EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. The score is composed by Paul Hepker & Mark Kilian.

A military thriller that has largely avoided my somewhat broken film radar. Looks very interesting though and I’m curious about the score. Hepker & Kilian has worked together for a long time and produced some great music over the years. The score opens with the title cue ‘Eye In The Sky’ and it’s a slightly dramatic piece with some ethnic instrument and music. Hepker & Kilian is no stranger to authentic ethnic music and so I feel safe with them at the helm. It’s a quite opening cue, but still I feel the tense mood, probably because I know the premise of the film. the cue grows is strength and drama at the end, making it a bit scary giving us a big hint of what to expect. Very enjoyable. The tense mood is even more apparent in the atmospheric ‘They Shot Anwar’ but I’m totally inside this world now, the music has brought me in and I’m loving it.

It’s interesting to me because normally I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I do. If you break it down it’s quite standard military thriller music, but there’s something about the sound and the way the music makes me feel. Hepker & Kilian has done a great job creating music that really shines and that’s not easy to do in a thriller score. Some do it, but most don’t and Hepker & Kilian deserves huge credit for making even the mundane sounds quite exciting for the most part. Some of this music reminds me of another musical universe that I very much love and that is Jeff Beal’s score to the television series House Of Cars. I don’t think a score like this will go down well with everyone though. It’s just a very personal thing whether you enjoy this or not and I don’t think I can convince you otherwise, nor do I want to try. I just think that this is a very good suspense thriller score and you probably already know it you like it, I certainly do.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Eye In The Sky
2. They Shot Anwar
4. Operation Egret
6. Sea Hawk Arrives
10. She’s Beautiful
11. Ringo
12. This Changes Things
16. You May Proceed
17. Girl With The Hoop
18. Jama Buys The Bread
19. Referring Up
20. Two Loaves Left
24. Never Tell A Soldier
25. You Did Well

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Soundtrack Review: Eye In The sky, 5.3 out of 10 based on 4 ratings

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