Music by: Various Artists
Musical Score by: Rolfe Kent
Distributed by: Lionsgate Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The romantic comedy, Killers, stars Katherine Heigl as Jen, a woman recovering from a bad break-up who meets the man of her dreams, Spencer (Ashton Kutcher), while on vacation with her parents in the French Riviera. Theirs is a whirlwind romance culminating in marriage and a peaceful life in the suburbs until Spencer’s 30th birthday. It is then that Jen learns that she barely knows the man she has married. It turns out that Spencer was once an international spy and hitman and now everyone is out to kill him. Can Jen adjust to this new life - ducking bullets while trying to learn the truth about her husband and trying to maintain the appearances of a normal, happy suburban lifestyle?
The soundtrack of Killers features songs by various artists and a musical score by Rolfe Kent, a British composer who knew at the tender age of twelve that he wanted a career in film composing. However, Kent didn’t begin his career in film composing immediately. First, he got his degree at the University of Leeds in…Psychology. Kent even taught psychology for a couple of years before moving to London in 1988. Since then, Kent has created musical scores for such notable films as Sideways, About Schmidt, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Wedding Crashers, 17 Again, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Election and more. He is also well known for his Emmy Award-nominated theme for the Showtime original series known as Dexter.
The music composed by Kent, appearing on the second half of this sixteen-track album feature a hint of comedy mixed with action; a hint of daring with a touch of the exotic. Each track is designed to describe the unlikely situation Jen has fallen into and the danger her husband Spencer has put her in.
While I found the musical score to be interesting, the songs by various artists are the real draw of the Killers Soundtrack. Starting things off is Macy Gray in her return to music, her first new single after a three year absence. Beauty in the World is my favorite song on the album, a fun and catchy tune about the things we should count ourselves fortunate for experiencing - the every day events and moments that make life worth living. Under the Sun by Salvador Santana is equally enjoyable and another call to live and enjoy life’s experiences. Cat and Mouse by Nikki and Rich is a sixties-style pop number about a player the lead singer is trying to land. I Don’t Believe by British singer Rox is a fun pop/R&B song about a relationship gone sour. The vocals of Rox are incredibly strong and I wonder why I’ve never heard of this singer prior to the Killers Soundtrack, such is the impression her voice has made on me.
Overall, the Killers Soundtrack is quite a fun and enjoyable experience. The songs are terrific and perfectly match the storyline of the film and its characters. Rolfe Kent’s musical score is just as enjoyable, used to describe the situations the characters find themselves in rather than the characters themselves. All-in-all, a fun, standout soundtrack that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to…three times now to be exact…and plan on listening to again after I finish this review. If the movie is half as good as the music, Killers is bound to be a smash hit!