Composer of the month The expendables month

Soundtrack review: Timecop (Mark Isham – 1994)

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I chose the scores I would review for “The expendables month” based on the movies and my connection with them. I mostly ignored composer names or actor names. I looked on the extensive list of movies involving the expendables and chose the first titles that meant something.

So “Timecop” made the cut. This Jean Claude van Damme time travel thriller is one I watch again with pleasure every time it is on TV. It is also one his highest grossing movies and one that the critics also loved. It is one of those movies I know by heart and take pleasure in anticipating every scene.

Mark Isham wrote the score and he is not necessarily the best composer to write action music. I’ve explored his works extensively and some of the best of them are jazz influenced. I imagine he loves writing melancholic jazz cues because he has one on this score as well. “Melissa”, the theme written for van Damme’s wife, is the one moody track that breaks the action rhythm of “Timecop”. It is also the best cue from this score. The action tracks are pretty generic and do not have a clear identity.

I would like to have a musical reminder of this film but this score is cold and doesn’t help me remember the movie at all. Even as a standalone listening experience “Timecop” is pretty frustrating for me, the only exciting moments being the jazzy motifs.

Cue rating: 60 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 0 / 30

Album excellence: 0%

 

 

 

About the author

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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