Source Code Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Source Code by Chris Bacon.
“Besides the 5-star cues, there is nothing that gives me an emotional high”
Chris Bacon impressed us all (at least me) in the score for the animated movie Alpha and Omega. I didn’t hear his original stuff in the short score to Gnomeo & Juliet, but he is clearly a hot name to watch. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, written by Ben Ripley and directed by Duncan Jones, this action thriller is about a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he is part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. It will be very interesting to hear what Chris Bacon can provide in the world of thriller scores.
|1. Source Code Main Titles||*****|
|2. You Don’t Know Me||***|
|3. Eight Minutes||***|
|4. Racial Profiling||****|
|5. Coffee Will Have to Wait||****|
|6. Source Code Explained||***|
|7. Piecing it Together||****|
|8. Am I Dead?||***|
|9. One Death is Enough||**|
|10. Colter Follows Derek||****|
|11. A Real Validation||****|
|12. I’m Gonna Save Her||***|
|13. No More Rubble Today||***|
|14. Regret and Reconciliation||***|
|15. Frozen Moment||*****|
|16. Everything’s Gonna Be Okay||*****|
‘Source Code Main Title’ gives an excellent baseline for the rest of the score. It doesn’t have much in the way of exciting themes, but is a frantic and fun opener. It sounds almost like a 60s spy movie at time. I thought it was very interesting and something you don’t hear much these days.
The Problem With Thriller Scores
The problem of course with most thriller scores is following up and Chris Bacon falls in the same trap. The next cue ‘You Don’t Know Me’ drags us screaming and kicking back to mundane thriller land. Maybe it is the type of movie that inspires nothing great from the music. You just need it to be musical wallpaper to make it part of the scenes. The characters has to be the ones standing out. It’s in its nature unfortunately, but there are exceptions. This is not one of them.
There are some interesting moments like ‘Racial Profiling’ and ‘Coffee Will Have to Wait’ that lifts it up from the mundane to something that might excite you a little. I love the little flutes he put in there like a bird, but it does make you notice the music.
If I wasn’t writing this review, I would probably have missed half of the music because of the non-standout factor.
Cues like ‘I’m Gonna Save Her’ has so much potential. This is the scene where the main character decides to save the girl who always dies in that train. Give me something heroic, something bold, something. Unfortunately it doesn’t do anything for me, but blends in with the rest of the score.
The best moment for me comes in ‘Frozen Moment’ at around 2:35 to 2:55 where Chris Bacon is doing what he is good at, creating great themes. It is a really emotional and powerful small segment that gets repeated a couple of times. More of this please!
Besides the 5-star cues, there is nothing that gives me an emotional high and it really kills me to say so, but it feels boring. The movie however seems exciting and I’m sure I won’t even notice the score while I am watching it. Chris Bacon will get more opportunities I’m sure, but I would love to hear him do more animation and possibly a hefty sci-fi score. As for, Source Code, less than exciting for me
CUE RATING: 73.7