Border Run

Musical Score By: Emilio Kauderer & Sebastián Kauderer

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


           Based on true events, the movie Border Run stars Sharon Stone as Sofie Talbert, an American journalist whose brother Aaron (Billy Zane) disappears while in Mexico.  Alleged to have been working in a relief organization in the country, Sofie's investigation into Aaron's whereabouts reveals quite a bit about the darker side of Mexico, including drug and human trafficking and the cartels that keep the business going.

The musical score of Border Run was created by Argentinean composers Emilio and Sebastián Kauderer.  Emilio Kauderer began his music career as a classic pianist with training in composition and conducting.  He began composing in earnest in 1980 and has worked on such notable projects as Dead Like Me, the opening of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 and more, but he is best known for his work on The Secret in Their Eyes Sebastián Kauderer began playing piano at the age of eight.  Studying music, piano and composition, Sebastián Kauderer began his music career as a jazz performer, then began working with his father, Emilio, on orchestrating and composing music for television and film. 

When I first listened to the Border Run Soundtrack, the weather was horrific, rain teeming down the windows.  I could barely hear the score thanks to the constant drum of the rain, but what I did hear was slightly unnerving, as if I was listening to the score for a horror film.  When I listened to the soundtrack on a much drier day, I realized that there really were some horror cues thrown into this soundtrack.  Taking place mainly in Mexico, the score has a Latin flare, featuring acoustic guitar solos and percussion. 

But there were tracks on this album that spoke of something more.  Drumsticks striking wood in The Office in a rapid beat give the listener the idea of tapping computer keys, a hectic pace and a looming deadline.  But those same strikes in other tracks offer quite another feeling...scary moments when you can actually hear you watch hand tick the minutes off.  And there are other odd sounds, like screeching strings and ominous, low-register notes that definitely define the danger Sofie undertakes while looking for her brother and the evil she encounters in the Mexican underworld.

The score of Border Run makes for an intriguing stand alone listen, but as an accompaniment to the horrific revelations of the film, the Kauderers have created a score that is just what the doctor ordered to heighten the sense of danger and horrific circumstances.  A job well done.


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