Composed By: Daniel Pemberton

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the dramatic thriller, Blood, Paul Bettany is Joe Fairburn, a police detective coming from a family of cops.  His father (Brian Cox) has long regaled his sons about policing in the old days, while sons Joe and Chrissy (Stephen Graham) have found themselves working side by side on the same police force.  Everything appears to be going well for the Fairburns until they begin investigating the brutal murder of a young girl.  Lacking the evidence needed to convict the one person they hold suspect (Ben Crompton), and taking the case extremely personally thanks to the age of the girl and likeness to his own daughter, Joe decides to handle their suspect the old fashioned way in order to coax a confession from him.  When things go out of control, the Fairburn brothers find themselves on the other side of the law.

                The musical score of Blood was created by British composer Daniel Pemberton.  Known for having created the scores for such notable television series as Peep Show, Hells Kitchen and Desperate Romantics and documentaries like Hiroshima and George Orwell - A Life in Pictures, Pemberton has recently received recognition for his scoring of full length features like The Awakening and the upcoming film The Councellor.

                The musical score of Blood is a very dark and dramatic orchestral piece.  The music has a central string theme that contains a sense of drama and urgency.  In the beginning that urgency has to do with solving the death of a murdered teenager, but by the end of the film that urgency comes from the Fairburn brothers trying to stay one step ahead of their law enforcement partners.  The movie deals with a great deal of emotional drama on the part of the Fairburns and the musical score clearly represents this underlying emotional thread.

                The Blood Soundtrack definitely represents the emotions of the movie perfectly and yet, while I found it dramatically appropriate, I know that I would not buy this soundtrack in stores.  Having listened to Pemberton's scoring of The Awakening, a score that inspired me to see the film, I was a bit disappointed at this musical score.  I found it uninspiring with nothing special that would make me want to see the film, or own the soundtrack for that matter.  In my opinion, this is one of those scores well suited for the movie, but not for sale as a soundtrack.


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