“The November Man”
Music By Marco Beltrami Soundtrack Album Review
Varese Sarabande/18 Tracks/Disc Time: 61:23
“The November Man” which is coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD later this month, was the action-thriller starring former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux, an ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil named Mason (Luke Bracey) in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials who have ordered Mason to eliminate Devereaux and the Russian President-elect who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. He gets help from Alice Fournier (Olga Kurleynko, “Quantam Of Solice”), a social worker who might know the whereabouts of a woman who may harbor the evidence against the President Elect before he confronts his pupil once and for all.
The film was a minor hit with plans of a sequel in the works and contributing to the film’s success is the work of the ultra busy Marco Beltrami, who’s having a banner year with scores such as “The Giver”, the surprise hit, “Snowpiercer”, and the upcoming films, “The Homesman” re-teaming with Oscar Winner Tommy Lee Jones as both actor and director, “The Drop” and “True Story”. The music for this film isn’t your typical action score and in fact, it’s a little more cerebral and well throught out. Sporting an international flavor, this score is very energetic and low key at times that builds more suspense that really doesn’t overwhelm you too much at times, but it is very effective in that way.
The score starts off with “Take Orders” which establishes the scores’ international and flavorable sound with a guitar and keyboard solo that leads a pulsing beat of electronics and mood that builds into the main theme of the score that gets a workout throughout. Highlighted by very solid tracks in “Code 42”, “Run From Mason”, “It Was Devereaux”, and “Mira Mira On The Wall”, that really do provide the most reviting material this score has to offer and these are some well executed and entertaining tracks that really build up and build up with a solid results throughout. The score barrows a little bit from Beltrami’s “Die Hard” in it’s subtle but frenetic moments which is a good thing and are highlighted by the tracks “Mason Jarred”, “November Man”, “Mason Saves Lucy” and “Reunited”, which are accentuated by keyboards, electronics, horns and percussion that are both flavorable and very entertaining as well as dramatic. Beltrami also mixes in some dramatic material that is equivolent of the action on the album which are highlighted in the tracks “She Asked For You”, “Natalia Dies”, “”Who Done It”, “”Mason Finds Lucy” and “Confession” which are based on the central theme and dials it down a notch to give the feeling of humanity to the proceedings on a musical level.
Varese Sarabande’s album is a plentiful release of very good material that is an engaging listen and one of Beltrami’s more interesting and original scores. There is subtle tension at times that could be cut with a knife filled with plenty of thematic material to keep it exciting. “The November Man” isn’t one of the best action scores around, but it is really solid for its’ sheer effectiveness and balance. Marginal but affectionate thumbs up.