Composed By: Christopher Lennertz
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The comedy action film Ride Along stars Kevin Hart as Ben Barber, a high school security guard seeking to prove himself worthy of his future wife Angela (Tika Sumpter) to her police detective brother James (Ice Cube). In an effort to show James that he is more than just a wanna-be-cop addicted to video games, Ben goes along with James on a 24-hour ride along, patrolling the streets of Atlanta. James is not exactly thrilled with the idea, especially now when he is working on one of the biggest cases of his career. Ben’s ride along wouldn’t interfere with James huge case…would it?
The musical score of Ride Along was created by composer, conductor, producer and arranger Christopher Lennertz. Making his mark with the musical score of Alvin and the Chipmunks in 2007, Lennertz has proven he has a knack for creating scores for comedy films. Since Alvin and the Chipmunks, Christopher Lennertz has created musical scores for Horrible Bosses, Hop, Vampires Suck, The Perfect Holiday, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and more.
An action film starring Ice Cube pretty much begs for a hip-hop/rap soundtrack. Christopher Lennertz created a musical score that contains music mixes one would hear in a club spun by any DJ. According to Lennertz, “We knew we needed a full orchestra, classic electronics, and beats that would make you bounce in your seats and keep your heart pounding till the very end. With an amazing collaboration with top deejays NuMark and Cheapshot, we think we’ve brought the buddy cop action genre into the next era.”
The musical score was enjoyable enough – I liked the beats and mixes used to create the adrenaline pumping action tracks. That being said, I have seen the film and know that there are quite a few songs in this movie. So, I wonder, why it is that the Ride Along Soundtrack only contains the musical score by Christopher Lennertz. Much as I enjoyed the musical score, I question how many fans of the film will enjoy an album that doesn’t contain any of the songs in the film. I really think the soundtrack would have been more complete if it contained a mix of the songs and the score. The Ride Along Soundtrack is enjoyable, but it is missing something and fans of the film are definitely going to notice.