Composed By: Jacob Groth
Distributed by: MovieScore Media
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the action thriller, Skin Trade, Dolph Lundgren is Nick Cassidy, a New Jersey police detective looking to avenge the murder of his family at the hands of a Serbian mobster named Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman). Discovering Dragovic has fled to Thailand, Cassidy travels there and is quickly set up for the murder of a Thailand cop by an FBI agent (Michael Jai White) who is bankrolled by Dragovic. With the help of Tony Vitayakul (Tony Jaa) the partner of the murdered Thailand cop. Cassidy hopes to keep under the radar of the local authorities and the FBI agent hunting him down as he exacts revenge for his murdered family.
The musical score of Skin Trade was created by Jacob Groth, a Danish film composer who began his musical career as a rock musician, playing in various bands in the 1950s and 1970s. He began composing music for film in the 1970s, working mostly on student films until his professional debut in 1979 with Charly & Steffen. Since then, he has created music for a number of films and television series such as Chop Chop, Dead Man Down, Speed Walking, Unit One and Unforgettable, but is best known for composing the music for the original Swedish versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire.
As the film spans a number of locales, one would expect a bit of an exotic sound to define the locations. But, as an action film, one would definitely be looking for fast-paced adrenaline pumping music to define that action. Jacob Groth supplies listeners with both: Its not only an action-score, but also a score with real themes written for the characters, both the good, the bad and the ugly! Performed by The Danish Filmharmonics, the score definitely features some fast-paced action sequences evident in Nick is Framed, Nick's Revenge, The Harbour, Fighting and The Big Battle. Fast-paced percussion combine with synths and strings to create an adrenaline pumping sound that keeps the listener on the edge of their seat. Exotic sound represents the locales (Cambodia, Thailand) visited by Cassidy as he pursues Dragovic. Softer moments contain guitars, piano and haunting strings, such as in Before Disaster and Girls in a Cage. There are electronic sounds mixed in to add to that haunting effect.
The Skin Trade Soundtrack features some very exciting music that should not be listened to while driving it may induce a need for speed. The music created by Jacob Grath is well-suited for the film genre and I have no doubt it enhances every scene of the film for which it was created. A job well done!