The Foreigner

Musical Score By: Cliff Martinez

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on the novel, The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, The Foreigner is an action thriller starring Jackie Chan as Ngoc Minh Quan, a retired Vietnam War special forces operator.  Now running a Chinese restaurant in London, Quan is sent on a rampage after his teenage daughter, Fan (Katie Leung), is killed in a department store bombing by a group identified as the Authentic UDI.  Now Quan uses his vast connections and skills to hunt down those responsible for his daughter’s murder.  But what he discovers will set the political world on its ear and may destroy Quan before all is revealed.

                The musical score of The Foreigner was created by American musician and composer Cliff Martinez.  Best known for his work while performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Martinez has actually made quite a name for himself composing music for film and television.  Some of his works include the scores of The Knick, The Company You Keep, The Neon Demon, Arbitrage, Only God Forgives, The Lincoln Lawyer, Spring Breakers and Drive.

                Those who have listened to Cliff Martinez scores know he’s a big fan of electronic music and the score for The Foreigner is no exception.  This score is heavy on synths, reverb and manipulated sound to accentuate the action in the film.  The electronic sound also gives us a glimpse into the heart and soul of the main character, becoming somber in Daughter's Room, while becoming more fast-paced and edgy during tracks like Wired to Blow, He Jumped Off the Roof, Another Bombing and more. 

The Foreigner Soundtrack is dark, edgy and exciting and definitely trademark Cliff Martinez.  The movie may have tanked, but the high-adrenaline score is definitely not the reason!


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