Dying of the Light

Composed By: Frederik Wiedmann

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the espionage thriller, Dying of the Light, Nicholas Cage is Evan Lake, a highly decorated CIA Agent relegated to desk duty thanks to early on-set frontal temporal dementia.  Despite the fact that his bosses think him a liability, Evan and his partner Milton Schultz (Anton Yelchin) find themselves on the track of a ruthless terrorist long believed to be dead.  Evan has a score to settle.

The musical score of Dying of the Light was created by German composer Frederik Weidmann.  Coming to Los Angeles to act on his childhood dream of becoming a film composer in 2004, Weidmann has created musical score for a number of films including Return to the House on Haunted Hill, Company of Heroes, Hostel: Part III, The Hills Run Red and Field of Lost Shoes.  Weidmann is also no stranger to DC animated movies, having created musical scores for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and more.

Iíve listened to a number of Weidmannís compositions for the DC animated universe, but I have never really been introduced to Weidmannís other musical creations.  Having enjoyed the DC scores, I couldnít wait to listen to something different from the composer.  The score of Dying of the Light begins in subdued orchestral tones.  The music gives off a sense of loss and defeat in the initial tracks, but later moves into action mode, featuring horns, faster paced and louder music and percussion.  Though other Weidmann soundtracks I had listened to featured action sequences, these were written for superheroes and therefore had a more brassy, heroic sound.  The action sequences here have an undercurrent of danger and suspense, but are a bit less on the heroic side.

The Dying of the Light Soundtrack, though decently composed toward expressing the emotions of the characters and the danger they find themselves in, just didnít grab me like the previous musical scores I had heard from Frederik Weidmann.  In fact, I found it somewhat forgettable and something that would only be purchased by die-hard fans of the movie or the composer himself.  The music isnít bad, just not worth spending over $16.00US to possess.


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