The Rendezvous Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Rendezvous by Austin Wintory.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 89.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 22.7
Album Excellence: 41.3%
The Rendezvous is a 2016 American action adventure film directed by Amin Matalqua and starring Stana Katic, Raza Jaffrey & Alfonso Bassave. It is based on the book "A New Son" by Sarah Isaias. RACHEL, a Jewish-American doctor, and JAKE, an Arab-American government bureaucrat, go on a goose chase across the Middle East trying to solve the mysterious death of Rachel’s treasure hunting brother. From Los Angeles to the deserts of Jordan and the ancient city of Petra, they find themselves hunted by a doomsday group called the Armageddonites who believe Rachel and Jake possess the missing Dead Sea Scroll that could bring about the end of days. Caught in the middle of a plot to hasten the end of mankind, Rachel and Jake need to solve the murder, find the scroll and find trust in each other. The score is composed by Austin Wintory.
It seems like another modern take on the adventurous hero tale, but I’m only here for the music and the composer Austin Wintory who has such a polarizing effect on me. I’ve only heard one of his film scores, "Strangely In Love", a score I didn’t love, but it had some good moments. Wintory is mostly dabbling in game scores and in my experience it can range from the utterly brilliant to utterly weird. I just want to listen to his film scores until I find one I love and I hope this is it. The score opens with ‘The Rendezvous’, a very dark opening piece with some Middle Eastern influence in it’s music. For me the best parts of this cue is when it has a little jazz section in the middle. The cue is way too varied for my taste, but it’s interesting and a bit fun to listen to. It’s one of those times when I’m not sure what I’ve listened to, but I sort of like it.
I admire Wintory for doing something unusual with the scores. Take ‘Part Mid-East, Part Mid-West’ for example. It starts with a rather lovely and calm theme and then transforms into this almost scary experimental piece. How can you not love that? At the same time, it’s infuriating to listen to as well so I’m just confused as to what rating to give each cue. No one said that Wintory’s music wasn’t challenging to listen to, certainly not me. It’s strange how this action adventure score turned out to be quite calming and a jazz experience, but you know what, there’s quite a lot to enjoy here and right now I don’t care what it sounds like in context, it somehow works on album. It’s a strange noir-like experience, but the main thing is that it’s actually really good.
4. The Police Did This?
6. Do You Feel Like Breaking The Rules?
7. The Prick Stole It From Me
9. The Devil Whispered In His ear
13. You’re Not Alone
17. It’s A Big Scar / Claire De Claire