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Soundtrack review: We own the night (Wojciech Kilar – 2007)

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Soundtrack review: We own the night (Wojciech Kilar – 2007)



“We own the night” was one of the two almost similar police family movies that came out in about the same time, the other one being “Pride and glory”. It stars Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg, and I remember liking this movie a lot. I also remember it feeling like led, heavy and grey.

Wojciech Kilar’s score reflects that. The music itself was so heavy and dark that it stayed with me after I saw the movie. I remember the music was still ringing in my ears long after the film was over. It was just a depressing and hopeless rhythm, deep enough to get my attention. It is also simple and repetitive, precise like a bullet. It fell just like the heavy rain that marks one of the most pivotal scenes of the movie.

The score is not all that. The cues that try to give us hope, like “Bobby sees Joe”, “Bobby kisses Amanda” and  “Bobby and Joe talk” are lullaby like tunes that still sound sad and can’t escape the general tone of the movie. The happy moments in the score are lonely and isolated.

The power track of this score is “Vadim dies”. I remember this was the song I listened to when I found out that Wojciech Kilar had left us….Everything you need to know about this score is there. And for such a short score and for such a simple theme, it made quite an impact on me with what it communicates. As sometimes silence is more powerful than words, so here this theme is more powerful than many more complex ones.

Cue rating: 75 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 14 / 23

Album excellence: 61%


Bobby Gets News

Bobby Sees Joe

Bobby Kiss Amada

Bobby Breaks Leg

Vadim Dies

End Credits


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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