Soundtrack Review: Queen’s Messenger

Soundtrack Review: Queen’s Messenger

Queen’s Messenger Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Queen’s Messenger by Stelvio Cipriani.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 93.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 32.4
Album Excellence: 73.8%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Queen’s Messenger is a 2001 Bulgarian-British-Canadian action film directed by Mark Roper and starring Gary Daniels, Trie Donovan & John Standing. By order of Her Majesty’s Foreign Office, Captain Strong is given a dangerous assignment to deliver a delicate communication to the British Ambassador in Kazakhstan. As the senior officer for the elite Queen’s Messenger corps, Captain Strong must pledge to protect his diplomatic cargo with his life. The score is composed by Stelvio Cipriani.

Kronos Records keep unearthing the scores to films I have never even heard of and Queen’s Messenger is certainly one of them. Captain Strong sounds more like a superhero name than a soldier, but I do enjoy some of Gary Daniels movies, particularly because of his fighting style. Even though the movie is obscure, a lot of people who’s been listening to scores probably know the name Stelvio Cipriani, an Italian composer who’s given us some scares in Tentacoli and Piranha Part Two. With an unknown action movie like this, and a recent one considering Cipriani’s legacy, I wouldn’t know what to expect and that’s half the fun. The score opens with ‘Space Commando’, and the music is tense, percussion and rhythmic based, actually very cool. If you added a couple of more synth elements, it could be similar to some of Jerry Goldsmith’s action music. Could Kronos Records have released a hidden gem here?

And that’s just it, the tense action sequences which is the life of this score really is a great listen. Even when the music just reverts to tense thriller music it’s still very entertaining and hard to put down. That’s also a trait that Jerry Goldsmith had for me, he could do that with almost any score. You’ll notice that almost every cue have a similar feel to them. There’s not a lot of variety here, although you have some bells and whistles such as a wailing woman in ‘Military Camp’ but if you listen to the rhythmic underscore, it’s pretty much exactly the same as every other cue. The thing is though, I really enjoy the monotone rhythmic sections and it really creates an exciting aura about this score.

Without the rhythmic sections most of these cues have, it falls a little more flat than usual like in ‘Desert War (M24)’ and ‘Desert War (M24 Ending)’, even though the style of music is the same. When the music changes character, even if it doesn’t happen a lot like in the romantic ‘Back To Life’ and ‘Alexi’s Theme (M14)’, there’s no need for a rhythmic section, it sounds beautiful just the way it is. And such as the score is presented, I really don’t have any negative to say about it. It’s a really exciting action scores born from Jerry Goldsmith’s 90s action scores mixed in with a bit of romance. Check it out!

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Space Commando
2. First Stage
3. Inspection
4. Military Camp
7. Peace In The Future (M25)
8. Radioactive Weapon (M19)
9. Back To Life
10. Alexi’s Theme (M14)
13. Alexi’s Theme (Solo Piano)
15. Radioactive Weapon (M28)
16. Peace The Future (M31)

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