Our Kind Of Traitor Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Our Kind Of Traitor by Marcelo Zarvos.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 16.7
Album Excellence: 26.5%
Our Kind Of Traitor is a 2016 British-French thriller film directed by Susanna White and starring Carlos Acosta, Radivoje Bukvic and Stellan Skarsgård. When Peter and his girlfriend, Gail, cross paths with the charismatic Dima on their Moroccan holiday, the forceful Russian is quick to challenge Peter to a friendly game of tennis. But this innocuous contest is not all it seems – Dima is a long-time servant of the Russian mafia, whose new boss, ‘The Prince’, wants him and his family dead. His only hope is to ask the unsuspecting Peter to broker him sanctuary with the British intelligence services, in return for exposing a vein of corruption that runs right to the heart of the City of London. Soon they find themselves on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps and, with the might of the Russian mafia closing in, begin to realise this particular match has the highest stakes of all. The score is composed by Marcelo Zarvos.
The score opens with ‘Ballet’, and I shouldn’t say it, but it opens as a rather typical thriller music, perhaps with a bit of flair on the drama side. It’s dark, a slow burner, long strings and all that. What it has though is a rather beautiful piano and guitar theme going on which is the saviour of this cue. The second half is more warm, and I have to say I am enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would based on how it started. ‘Journey To Bern’ is a slightly more fast paced cue with a twirling motif in order to show speed or haste. Quite a good one as well. ‘First Tennis Match’ has nothing new except that it’s playing with strings a bit swinging it up or down. It doesn’t add much, but I do like the energy and how the music flows. It’s rarely a dull moment in this score after the opening three cues and I am looking forward hearing the rest.
You haven’t heard it all after the first three opening cues and I’m happy about that even though I liked what I heard. There are moments of action in cues like ‘Chalet Attack’ and ‘Family Escape Part 1’. The action music is rather subtle though compared to for example Hans Zimmer or Brian Tyler. This is constrained, very constrained, more tense than all out action but you can hear the difference between the action music and the thriller music. The best cues on the score for me all have some kind of theme involved, and that’s what sets these apart. Strangely ‘Gail’s Theme’ didn’t appeal to me as much as for exampled ‘Dima’s Children’. This isn’t a score you’ll go on remembering for a long time I bet, but it is a fine score which will give you rewards if you dig deep.
1. The Ballet
5. Dima’s Children
7. The List
20. Our Kind Of Traitor