Momentum Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Momentum by Laurent Eyquem.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 77.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 7.6
Album Excellence: 15.8%
Momentum is a 2015 South African-American action thriller film directed by Stephen Campanelli and starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman. When Alex, an infiltration expert with a secret past, accidentally reveals her identity during what should have been a routine heist, she quickly finds herself mixed up in a government conspiracy and entangled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a master assassin and his team of killers. Armed with her own set of lethal skills, Alex looks to exact revenge for her murdered friends while uncovering the truth. The score is composed by Laurent Eyquem.
I’m always excited for a new Eyquem score ever since I got to know him with the score for Copperhead a couple of years ago. The score opens with ‘Opening’ a dark synth track, lots of percussion. Interesting opening track. Of course it gives no indication as to what we can expect. More revealing is the next cue ‘The Bank’ which has a theme and lots of ostinatos. I like the synths that Eyquem has chosen to sue. The sound is warmer than I would expect. The cover makes me feel cold, but the music doesn’t reflect that. It is a vastly different kind of score than I am used from Eyquem. I have only heard the orchestral and lyrical side of him, but never this one which is exciting. The first three cues doesn’t really open up with great themes.
This is an action score, but the action doesn’t quite do it for me, although it’s interesting. For example in the cue ‘Unmasked’ you have an RCP inspired action opening before it goes to a soft singular voice, very light and brittle. ‘Run Away’ is the first cue I’ve noticed a strong theme in. It’s a powerful theme playing on inspiration rather than emotion. It’s very strange to hear Eyquem go into dubstep as well in certain cues. It’s so unlike him, and truthfully it’s not that great, but give him time, I’m sure it will eventually pay off. When Eyquem plays to his obvious strengths like in ‘Run Away’ it works great. In ‘Transformation’ there’s a piano and again, I feel that Eyquem is excellent finding themes and it’s very clear when that piano is playing that this is something he knows perfectly what to do.
I think that the action is sadly unconvincing, but maybe I’m spoiled with great action scores like Mad Max and Terminator this year. Whatever the reason, I am not connecting with the action which feels a bit underwhelming. What do you think of the score?
5. Run Away
19. The Torture