A Dark Reflection
Composed By: Moritz Schmittat
Distributed by: MovieScore Media
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
A dramatic thriller based on actual events, A Dark Reflection stars Georgina Sutcliff and Rita Ramnani as investigative journalists Helen Eastman and Natasha Stevens. As the two look into an in-flight incident known as ‘Flight 313,’ they soon realize that this is not an isolated incident, but actually aviation’s biggest cover-up dating back to the year 1954. Finding themselves up against powerful airline owners, the pair risk their lives uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public.
The musical score of A Dark Reflection was created by German film composer Moritz Schmittat. Studying Composition and Music Production at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands and receiving a scholarship for the post-graduate film scoring course at the Royal College of Music in London, Moritz Schmittat has created musical score for film, film shorts and television commercials for notable brands like Audi, Volkswagen, Belvita Breakfast Cookies and Staples Office Supply. Film scoring credits include Shady Lady and Marry Me.
Recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the F.A.M.E.S. Orchestra, Skopje, the music of A Dark Reflection is a mix of orchestral music and modern guitars, percussion and synthesizers. The opening track, A Global Story (Intro), features a distinct Middle Eastern influence and a call to prayer performed by Algerian singer Khaled. There is a string theme that appears throughout the film. Action and intrigue are represented through darker musical undertones.
Quite honestly, I was confused by this score. It starts off wish that Middle Eastern flare – I love exotic sounding scores – but then never capitalizes on that sound. Sure, the movie isn’t set in the Middle East, but if you are going to start a score with that kind of influence what is the point of never allowing it to seep in again throughout the soundtrack. The score was fairly boring after that first track – there was nothing really noteworthy to inspire me to tell readers to run out and buy this soundtrack. The musical score of A Dark Reflection just isn’t worth the hard-earned money you would spend on it.