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Soundtrack review: Sharknado (Ramin Kousha, 2013)

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Soundtrack review: Sharknado (Ramin Kousha, 2013)



Sharknado is a movie I would never watch. It’s a preposterous story about a tornado coming over the city and bringing sharks with it. Imagine that. As ridiculous as the movie sounds, I approached the score with care. I didn’t know much about composer Ramin Kousha either before listening to this.

As I’ve said before, I love it when a score actually surprises me. It helped that I didn’t have any expectations from this one, but what I heard made me forget completely about the movie it was written for. I found a smart, engaging, deep action score that’s above average. It was also sprinkled with beautiful atmospheric tracks (“Sharks, I never saw that coming” is my favorite) and about half way through it I thought I was listening to the score of a very interesting post apocalyptic action movie.

“I never saw THAT coming” sounds as if taken from Brian Tyler’s “Battle LA”, it would have fit there nicely. “I really hate sharks” is a thrilling action cue I will definitely try for my runs.  The more I listened to “Sharknado”, the more I remembered Brian Tyler month, in a good way.

What I regretted at the end was that the sound wasn’t clearer. The recording sounded muffled somehow and I dare not think that it was because it was recorded in that tornado. That would be my only complaint about this score. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable listen.

Cue rating: 75 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 19/29

Album excellence: 66%

Sharks, I Never Saw That Coming

I Never Saw That Coming
They Took My Grandfather
I Really Hate Sharks
He’s Got A Chainsaw
Sharks In A Tornado
That’s A Tiger Shark
They’re Behind Everything

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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