Pressure Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Pressure by Benjamin Wallfisch.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 83.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 14.98
Album Excellence: 53.51%
Pressure is a 2015 thriller film directed by Ron Scalpello and starring Danny Huston, Matthew Goode and Joe Cole. A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming separated from their ship. The score is composed by Benjamin Wallfisch.
With two exciting releases already this year (Desert Dancer and Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain), it is no surprise that I am excited about this one. Going from dramas to thrillers in a hopefully exciting way and knowing Wallfisch, that’s a distinct possibility. The short score opens with ‘Rain’ a dark textural cue. A strong synth opener is replaced by a forceful string ostinato in the second half. The string motif is quite beautiful and powerful as it increase in strength. I also love the underscoring. I’n sure it was intended by Wallfisch, but that underscore sounds to me like we’re under water. ‘Engel’ is more “pressure”, pun intended. The early percussion has the markings of something a bit more action-filled and it is. I also love the bits in-between, the textural mood music sounding like a dark thriller, bordering on horror. One of my favorite parts are just after the two minutes part with strong and dark strings plus a personal favorite of mine, stick percussion. Yes, Wallfisch can do great action as heard in his 2012 score “Conquest 1453”. ‘Depths’ is a dark emotional cue, lots of strong melody lines using strings. This is highly enjoyable music so far. Wallfisch gets it right from the start.
What is intriguing about this score, and this might be just me, but I feel that the music feel a bit muffled in my ear phones. I don’t know what it is, but it sounds a bit “closed up”. Then again, this evokes the feeling of being trapped and claustrophobic which would be perfect for this movie. Muffled sound aside, I’m actually pining to get out of the depths a bit to breathe and the exciting ‘Jellyfish’ provides some decent sustenance, but it’s not until the final two cues ‘Descent Ascent’ that I really feel we’re coming to the surface to breathe. ‘Descent Ascent’ is a string ostinato build up piece that gets better with every second. Then it’s final release as ‘Final Swim’ gives an entertaining twist to the story. You can expect more strings, more ostinatos and the music is created in such a way that I really feel that we’re free from the deep dark ocean. I always wonder if it’s intentional by the composer and I’m inclined to believe it. It feels like we’re starting on the surface, then going deeper and deeper, until we finally get our heads above water. It’s certainly an interesting score but the middle parts were a bit too closed for me.
10. Descent Ascent
11. Final Swim