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Soundtrack review: Eraser (Alan Silvestri – 1996)

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Soundtrack review: Eraser (Alan Silvestri – 1996)


“Eraser” is a generic action movie from 1996, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanesa Williams. It was the kind of background movie I could watch while doing something else. I have no recollection of the music.

Being an action score from the middle of the 90s, the poignant and dramatic guitar riffs appear all over the place. I remember them from Marc Mancina scores, they worked better there. The score is very uneven in terms of tone. I don’t like it when I have to adjust the volume of the music midway through a cue. Here, in tracks like “Cabin raid” or “Kruger escapes”, the action parts appear out of nowhere, suddenly and aggressively. The transition is not smooth and it bothers me.
Still, those action parts are not half bad; they have Arnold stamina written all over them, I definitely feel the Predator vibe.
“Kruger escapes” is one of the most exciting Silvestri action cues from the 90s. Give me more of this, “Eraser”!

It gives me a little more excellence, in “Dock fight”. Had the entire score been like these two cues, it would have been a classic. But it’s alright. What I liked most about “Eraser” was that it wasn’t hard to sit through and that it had that 90s action sound that I really love. It was an enjoyable heavy action score and it kept me interested for the duration. I probably won’t revisit it, with the exception of a couple of cues, but it was quite alright.

Cue rating: 70 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 9 / 43

Album excellence: 22%



Kruger Escapes

Dock Fight

The Eraser

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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