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Soundtrack Review: Source Code

Source Code
(Original Motion Picture Score)
Composer: Chris Bacon
Running Time: 50 min.
Released: 2011

The recently released sci-fi thriller Source Code was, I must say, quite a disappointment. Fortunately, the movie’s score – composed by newcomer Chris Bacon – is not. In fact, it will probably rank among the best soundtracks of 2011. Bacon utilizes a predominantly traditional orchestra with just a sprinkling of electronica, imbuing the music with a classic, noir-ish feel reminiscent of the great film scores of the 60s and 70s. I’m usually wary of newbie composers, but Chris Bacon is an exception. He shows a lot of promise, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for him in the future.

Main Titles gets the album off to a suitably dramatic start and introduces one of the album’s major themes. Coffee Will Have To Wait moves along quietly until the 1:10 mark, at which point it explodes into heart-pumping action. Track seven, Piecing It Together, is energetic and suspenseful; conversely, Frozen Moment is a quiet piece, culminating in a crescendo of beautiful string writing and effectively fleshing out the love theme. Last, but not least, is Everything’s Gonna Be Okay – a reprise of the Main Titles, but with a few twists of its own.

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Source Code

Cool idea. Great acting. Crisp directing. Stylish visuals. And an absolutely fantastic musical score. Too bad the film never quite lives up to the ingenuity of its premise. It wants to be a thinking man’s actioner a la Inception. Think about it too hard, though, and it begins to fall apart. The science is vague and muddled. The ethics, even more so. My verdict: it was entertaining while it lasted. But once is enough.

“What would you do if you knew you only had one minute to live?”

(I’ll be posting a more in-depth review
of Source Code on my movie blog Reel Quick)