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Soundtrack review: Extinction ( Sergio Moure Oteyza – 2015)

Extinction

“Extinction” is the story of two friends and a little girl who survived a zombie apocalypse for nine years by shutting themselves off in a snowbound town. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When one of goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Despite of the invasion (pun intended) of zombie movies and TV shows, I still haven’t gotten tired of the genre so I’m curious about this movie. Also curious to finally see Matthew Fox do something worthy after Lost. The score was written by Spanish composer Sergio Moure Oteyza. I’ve been discovering quite a lot of Spanish composers lately, one more interesting than the other so I always welcome a new name.

This score is all about the atmosphere. “Extinction” is not the kind of composition from which you will necessarily highlight separate cue. This is a multi-layered journey to be enjoyed step by step. Interrupting the experience of skipping cues would damage both the overall listening experience and the composer’s vision. Sergio Moure takes his time in developing and dealing with various emotions and even if the tone is mostly a subdued piano vibe a careful listener can appreciate the wealth of the composition.

The score is sad but very appealing. It’s the kind of sadness I associate with a still winter’s evening; a winter that’s been going on for very long, a winter I don’t see the end of but a beautiful winter nonetheless. The music makes me feel as if I am settling in somewhere and making more of the conditions. It helps me reflect, it chills me inside and the atmosphere is so deep that any louder noise startles me. When an action cue comes out I feel uncomfortable and I long for the stillness I had discovered earlier.

I like to get lost in a score like this. I life to float, adrift, while I listen to the soft elegiac tones of “Extinction”. The music is poignant but gentle. The music is almost too beautiful to speak of a zombie apocalypse and horrors. The musical story that Sergio Moure tells is one of intimacy and of a place inside where beauty and innocence remains, a place the tragedy of the outside world wasn’t able to touch and destroy. Definitely give this minimalistic gem a listen.

Cue rating: 90 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 33 / 68

Album excellence: 48%

Highlights:

Night Journey

Old Grudges

In The Morning

Defending My Baby

The Dog Dead

The Farewell

Patrick Talks With Lu

Lu

The Portrait

Gift

The Invitation

A New Home

 

 

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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