Jasmine Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Jasmine by Shie Rozow.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 86.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13
Album Excellence: 27.7%
Jasmine is a 2015 American-Hong Kong thriller film directed by Dax Phelan and starring Jason Tobin, Byron Mann & Sarah Lian. A year after his wife’s murder, once-successful Hong Kong businessman Leonard To (Jason Tobin) is still reeling from the tragedy. Having lost his job, friends, and all sense of order in his life, Leonard becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger he sees at his wife’s grave, believing him to be responsible for her death. The score is composed by Shie Rozow.
This one seems like a powerful emotional thriller and that soundtrack cover pretty much says it all doesn’t it? The composer Shie Rozow is a new name for me. He’s an Israeli composer who’s scored a number of tv shows and movies, none which are really known, although he worked on a lot of Hollywood projects such as Snowfall, Arrow, Big Eyes, Guardians Of The Galaxy to name a few. I’m very excited to get to know his music. The score opens with the title cue ‘Jasmine’, a very dark and eerie mood piece featuring very little actual theme, but more ambient moods and for me that works very well. I’m extremely intrigued. I don’t mind if a score doesn’t have a theme anymore. I’m used to it, and these days I’m more into mood and feeling. What does a score provide for me in terms of emotions?
Rozow’s style, at least in this score is dark minimalism and there’s a real beauty in that, certainly in this score. The cues are relatively short most of them, but they bring immense power and energy to the table. I can only imagine the heartbreak and the mind of the main character. There can’t be many bright moments during the course of his life after his wife was brutally killed. His mind must be a mess and always thinking about how to get his revenge. When he sees the man at his wife’s grave, something probably snapped. The music doesn’t necessarily go deep into that disturbed mind, but you can sense the anger, sadness and the darkness surrounding his character and his actions. Rozow does well to provide that with a very tight minimalistic representation of the man’s psyche and actions. Even though this score is so dark, there’s beauty here as well such as ‘Second Flower’, an ambient track that somehow inspires some hope. Maybe the hope to get some revenge? Perhaps, or maybe it’s a flash back scene where he and his wife was happy. It’s one of very few moments where you can sense some kind of relief, but don’t let it fool you. This is a really good dark score to listen to and enjoy.
2. Hing Kong
3. First Flower
5. Second Flower
6. Hair Pin
21. Jasmine’s Theme