Regression Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Regression by Roque Banos.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 77.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 5.8
Album Excellence: 9.1%
Regression sis a 2015 American-Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Alejandro Amenabar and starring Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson and Davis Thewlis. The film takes place in Minnesota, in the year of 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of John Gray (David Dencik) who admits to sexually abusing his 17-year-old daughter, Angela (Emma Watson), but has no recollection of it. The score is composed by Roque Banos.
I just realised I recently listened to a score called The Others by Alejandro Amenabar, the composer of this film and it was pretty awesome. Shame he doesn’t seem to do that anymore, but Roque Banos is of course not a cheap replacement. He’s been creating excellent scores as long as I can remember. Well, excellent for most anyway. I’ve never quite connected with his music on most scores, but he’s a composer I am so eager hear more of. ‘Opening’ opens with a haunting solo voice and a subtle violin, but the cue tricks you. It’s crazy atmospheric, particularly the second half with a twirling mess of sounds and effects. Very interesting opener. ‘A Shattered Family’ brings the sadness. The way it’s just a lingering violin underscore while a solo violin plays on top feels so alone, so sad. The ending theme though, now that is beautiful, or at least it started to become beautiful when it’s cut short. What a shame. Now that was quality. If you’re easily scared, you might not listen to the last 10 seconds. ‘John’s Regression’ is another interesting cue the way that a clock is being used as percussion mixed with ambience and mood creating music.
The score picks up pace with ‘Meeting At The Church’, not an awful lot of pace, but still making a bigger difference than I thought. Quite beautiful and haunting second half as well with the piano and solo violin. The only thing missing is a bit of scare and perhaps a bit of action. ‘Angela’s Statement’ is pretty scary at time. I expected something to jump at me at any time, but never quite happened. Still, I love the mood it creates. It’s at this point where it gets more creepy. ‘Trouble Sleeping’ is another “disturbing” cue. What is lacking though to me is substance, some “weight” to the music. In other words, it feels like music without purpose and that’s really not a fair criticism from me because the composer is just doing his job creating music for scenes in the movie, which I haven’t seen. But there it is. I take the music at face value and judge it as I hear it. It has a been a good listen, but I’m not quite satisfied. Maybe it will grow on me. What do you think of the score?
4. Meeting At The Church
5. Angela’s Statement