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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Sid de la Cruz
Label: Plaza Mayor Company Ltd
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 24 March 2021

Plaza Mayor Company Ltd brings us Sid de la Cruz's original score for the movie Insight. The film follows Jian, a counter terrorism agent, who blends his skills as a martial artist and clairvoyant to bring the world’s most nefarious individuals to justice. Jian makes an unexpected detour to Los Angeles after hearing the devastating news that there has been a cover up surrounding his brother’s alleged suicide. With the reluctant help of LAPD detectives, Abby, Carl and Captain Duke, the unlikely group fight against a high-tech criminal looking to exploit Jian's brother’s gifts in his own quest to power...

Sid de la Cruz delivers a hard hitting orchestral / electronic score for Insight. At times I was reminded of Lorne Balfe's incredible score for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It's punchy and memorable, but more importantly the music draws you into the narrative of the film.

There's plenty of variety on display, and I was particularly impressed with the action themes that are peppered throughout the entire album's 13 tracks (24 min, 24 sec). Yes, it's a short one, but certainly one that opts for quality over quantity.

Talking about the soundtrack, the composer says: "The score for Insight was fun to create. It’s a hybrid of orchestral and synth instruments. This is a bit different from my other scores in that it was requested not to use any woodwinds. Also, there were some cues where high strings were not used as well. I had to be creative and think of other ways to approach the music. Because the film deals with an element of science fiction, I feel that electronic instruments suit the film very well and help tell the story from the side of science fiction. Several of the cues tie in with photography of the film. For instance, in the track, 'Apartment Fight', some of the fighting leads to the kitchen. In the score, there are metallic instruments that help simulate kitchenware, pots, pans, silverware, etc. In the track, 'Jian in Syria', uses Middle Eastern melodic and percussive instruments are introduced and take and help contribute to the action music."


Darren Rea

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