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Below Zero
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Zacarias M. de la Riva
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 29 January 2021

Coinciding with the film’s Netflix premiere, MovieScore Media release the heart-pounding action drama score for the Spanish thriller Below Zero (Bajocero) with music by composer Zacarias M. de la Riva’s. The film tells the story of Martin, a policeman who has been tasked with transporting six dangerous prisoners in the middle of winter. When he gets flat tires on a lonely road, Martin soon realizes that he is in the middle of a complex plan that is not exactly the typical rescue mission he thought he’d face. Thus Martin must take refuge in the prison transport vehicle, forced to work together with his cargo of dangerous criminals if he wants to survive...

Zacarias M. de la Riva’s score for Below Zero represents a collection of tight, action thriller themes as well as some impressive melancholic moments.

Talking about the score, de la Riva said: "Below Zero is a movie in disguise, really. It looks and feels like a thriller, but it’s a heart-breaking drama that bears a terrible moral dilemma at its core. Music had to help with that disguise, fulfilling the crude physical part when needed with extensive use of all kinds of percussion (synthetic or acoustic) and electronics, while providing footing and support for the moral struggle with the use of restrained strings and a pipe organ. In that struggle we find our two main characters: Martín, our protagonist, who has no real leitmotiv till the very end due to his role in the film; and García, the antagonist, who is depicted by the use of a slightly detuned French horn and a high string cluster."

In a lot of ways it reminded me of Harry Gregson Williams / Stephen Barton's music for the 2007 game Call of Duty IV: Modern Warfare, it has the same soul and general beautiful core.

While it might not be a soundtrack you'll dig out all that often, I found Below Zero to be a surprisingly diverse collection of intricate themes.


Darren Rea

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