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Soundtrack review: Momentum (Laurent Eyquem – 2015)

I discovered Laurent Eyquem last year when he wrote the excellent score for the Nicolas Cage movie “Tokarev”. In a sea of generic action thriller scores, his composition just blew everyone me away with its subtle nuances and flow of emotions. I’ve been looking forward to a new score from him and it’s time now for “Momentum”, a movie which stars Olga Kurylenko as Alex, an infiltration expert who accidentally reveals her identity during what should have been a routine heist. She quickly finds herself mixed up in a government conspiracy and entangled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a master assassin (James Purefoy). Armed with her own set of lethal skills, Alex looks to exact revenge for her murdered friends while uncovering the truth.

The score opens with a cue as if taken from the aftermath of “Mad Max: Fury Road”: dark and aggressive percussions welcomes us to the world of “Momentum”. As the first cues go by I get more and more excited because the musical momentum of his previous score is still alive in this one. The music is an elastic mist that penetrates every corner and then retreats and hits another place. I love the way the electric plays with the electronic and I love the insane drilling sensation that appears every now and then. And then there are emotional moments like the sublime trailer like insert “Run away” which is an atmospheric gem. I’m not even halfway through the score and I already am like a small child on his rug trying to choose from the bundle of toys in front of him.

I picture Laurent Eyquem like a musical lion tamer controlling the rings of fire and the animals without blinking. His score is about as exciting as they get. Are you missing Steve Jablonski’s electrocuting “Age of extinction” score? Listen to “Get rid of the evidence”. Are you in a romantic mood? “Transformation” has got you covered with a melancholic piano theme.

Just try and chase this score if you can. It moves fast, It takes sharp turns and it hits back at you if you try to catch it. Yet the experience and pleasure of hunting it is well worth it. The cues waste no time and there are no lackluster moments. The score is alive and it never drags. I like the atmosphere it sets and there’s no danger for me to get lost in there. This metallic darkness reminds me a little of the original Terminator atmosphere. The biggest surprise is the almost 7 minutes long “The torture” which is my favorite cue of the entire score and, contrary to its title, is also the most emotional piece from the album. This is the one which will make my list of best cues of the year.

I loved “Momentum” and I count it as one of the more exciting thriller scores of the year. It mixed action, emotion and even horror in perfect quantities on a layer of atmospheric music. First impression confirmed and now I can’t wait for Laurent Eyquem’s next score.

Cue rating: 86 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 25 / 49

Album excellence: 52%

Highlights:

Opening

Unmasked

Run Away

Get Rid Of The Evidence

The Parking Lot Chase

The Street Chase

I Don’t Want Him To See This

The Negotiation

The Torture

You Hid It On Me

Momentum

 

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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