Composed By: Federico Jusid

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the dramatic thriller, Misconduct, Josh Duhamel is Ben Cahill, a lawyer whose ex-girlfriend, Emily (Malin Akerman) gets him involved in a power struggle between powerful pharmaceutical mogul Arthur Denning (Anthony Hopkins) and the senior partner (Al Pacino) of the law firm Ben works for.  When Benís ex-girlfriend turns up dead after he wins a class action lawsuit against Denning with the information she has provided, Ben finds himself on the run.  If he doesnít uncover the truth behind Emilyís murder soon, he may be next.

                The Misconduct musical score was created by Argentinian composer Federico Jusid.  The son of film director Juan Jose Jusid and actress Luisina Brando, it seemed that Federico was destined for a career in film.  He began studying piano and composition at the age of seven and he soon developed a passion for film scoring.  Some of Federico Juridís television and film composing credits include The Secret in Their Eyes, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Kidnap, The Life Unexpected, Under Suspicion, The Refugees, The Escape, Isabel, My Queen and The Ignorance of Blood.

                The score of Misconduct is dark orchestral with the main theme performed by strings and piano interspersed throughout the soundtrack.  That main theme sound brings on a sense of dread and despair.  Percussion and bursts of music are employed for reveals or action scenes.  The final tracks are headscratchers.  While the other 23 tracks are ominous and somewhat classical orchestral, Head Trip and Lust feature heavy electronics.  Lust is actually more of an electric rock song with lyrics that sound as if they were written by a horny teenager.  Head Trip is sort of an electronic dance mix.  These tracks just donít seem to belong with the rest of the music on the Misconduct Soundtrack.

                The Misconduct Soundtrack has a bit of a sinister sound to it, causing one who doesnít know what the film is about to believe this may have been a score created for a horror film.  Once I learned what the film was about, I realized that the score would definitely work for a dramatic thriller, but those last two tracks still had me scratching my head.  I donít think I would recommend spending hard-earned money on this score as a standalone album, but as an accompaniment to the film, I think it definitely works.


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