Enemies Closer

Composed By: Tony Morales

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the action film Enemies Closer, Tom Everett Scott is Henry, a forest ranger and ex-Navy SEAL forced by a local drug cartel to find a shipment that has gone missing on the US-Canadian border.  While searching through the woods, Henry comes in contact with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a vendetta against Henry and a thirst for vengeance.  Unfortunately, with ruthless drug runners led by Xander (Jean-Claude Van Damme) breathing down their necks, Henry and Clay must come to a decision - continue their vendetta against one another or unite for the greater good.

                The musical score of Enemies Closer was created by Tony Morales, whose musical career began at the age of six when he learned how to play the guitar.  After years playing with various local bands, Morales turned his attention to film music, attending the Berklee College of Music where he received a degree in film scoring.  He followed this up by attending the Advanced Studies in Film Scoring Program at USC.  Working with famed composers like Harry Gregson-Williams, Brian Tyler and John Debney, Tony Morales has contributed to the musical scores of Iron Man 3, Now You See Me, Unstoppable, The Town, Hatfields & McCoys and The Change-Up.  He has contributed music to television series like Just Shoot Me, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Warehouse 13

                Enemies Closer is an action film and Tony Morales set out to create a musical score that would perfectly illustrate the action and still showcase the main characters themselves:  "I created a handful of motifs to use throughout the film. The main and most used one was written for Xander, the film’s villain played brilliantly by Jean-Claude Van Damme."  To that end, Morales created a score that was a mix of orchestral music, electronic sound and reverb and heavy percussion.  Dark and foreboding undertones represent moments of eminent danger at the hands of Xander and his henchmen.  These are expressed via reverberated electronic sound mixed into orchestral instruments played at the lower registry with an infusion of deeper sounding percussion instruments.  Action scenes are fast paced, loud and heavy in percussion.

                Hearing the first track on the Enemies Closer Soundtrack, Enemies Closer Suite tells you all you need to know about the film.  The track features an adrenaline pumping action sound with undertones of darkness.  We instantly know that we are watching a film in which a main character has gotten him/herself in trouble with someone implicitly evil and now has to fight to survive that encounter.  You almost don't need the rest of the album.  That being said, the music on the album probably goes extremely well with the visuals of the film, but I don't think it was meant to be presented as a stand alone album.  Fans of the film or the composer might want to purchase this album, but interested parties could do well enough just by downloading the first track and saving the rest of their money for something more interesting.


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