CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

In The Tapedeck: The Equalizer

In The Tapedeck is a look at soundtracks for people on the go, with brevity and straight to the point favoured over things like paragraphs... By Charlie Brigden

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Title: The Equalizer

Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams

The Film: Denzel Washington is Edward Woodward in another adaptation of an 80's TV favourite. Ex-commando McCall comes out of self-retirement to rescue a young prostitute from Russkie gangsters and deliver his particular brand of justice. Which, according to one of the track names, includes torturing.

The Score: HGW's score is exactly what you'd expect, both from the composer and as a soundtrack for this kind of movie. Lots of angry and aggressive distorted guitar, pulsing electronics, and an occasional interruption of piano to show how emotional Denzel is.

Distinguishing Features: The piano is kind of nice, and there's a decent post-rock anthem type at the end.

Final Thoughts: Anonymous, really. It's not terrible but it's not really good, it's just there. As cookie-cutter as it comes.

The Equalizer is out now from Varese Sarabande

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