Enter the Dangerous Mind
Music Composed By: Reza Safinia
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the psychological thriller, Enter the Dangerous Mind, Jake Hoffman is Jim Whitman, a socially awkward EDM musician whose only means of fully expressing his emotions is music. Constantly harassed by a roommate (Thomas Dekker) who does nothing but hang around the apartment all day, Jim finds a connection at the women’s shelter. Wendy (Nikki Reed) shares a love of his style of music and the two share a lot of the same issues. But will Wendy be Jim’s link to happiness, or will she stir up old traumatic memories best left forgotten?
The musical score of Enter the Dangerous Mind was created by producer and composer Reza Safinia. A Universal Music songwriter and record producer who worked with such notable artists as Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Freestylers and Ms Dynamite, Safinia uses his pop and underground music experience in creating his film scores. Infusing orchestra with industrial and electronica, Reza Safinia has been tapped to create music for Filly Brown, Mercy and The Trust.
The first half of the Enter the Dangerous Mind Soundtrack features electronica, rocking dance music. The songs on the album, In My Head and Broken Soul feature lyrics that discuss a loss of trust. Broken Soul speaks to a loss of trust in others and In My Head speaks to that loss of trust in your own mind. As the album moves forward, we begin to delve into the darker aspects of Jim. The music is lower in tone and spooky, with distortion and bursts of music.
According to Safinia, ““The music was part of this film when it was just a script. The directors had a very specific vision and we worked together to give both the music and the film a feel that was not just confined to EDM, although obviously that is a strong influence. The film is about psychological trauma and so they didn’t want the music to be euphoric and clubby, but rather harness the intensity of EDM and turn it into dramatic score.” Actor Jake Hoffman explains that the music of this particular film was extremely important, “…because Jim makes music to drown out the voice in his head, so the music had to not only be creepy, but also give insight into the character’s inner struggle.” To achieve this, Safinia recorded everyday sounds and distorted them.
Thus, the score of Enter the Dangerous Mind actually presents a character study as interpreted through music. It’s also a pretty interesting score to listen to with its electronic dance highs and its psychological trauma lows. I would actually recommend using the first half of the album as an accompaniment to your daily exercise routine. To quote Jake Hoffman in his praise of Reza Safinia’s score: “Reza nailed it!”