Musings About Music In Film

Red Eye

By Charlie Brigden redeye

Title: Red Eye

Composer: Marco Beltrami

The Film: Rachel McAdams is a passenger on a plane accosted by terrorist Cillian Murphy who wants to assassinate the United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and needs her to carry out his plot. A bit of a departure for Nightmare On Elm Street director Wes Craven.

The Score: A typically lively score from Beltrami, here presented on album for the first time. The composer's trademark hybrid of orchestral and electronic elements is here in force and makes for a particularly exciting ride.

Distinguishing Features: The nailbiting 'Things That Go Bump In The Night', the Kamen-esque 'The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword', the lengthy but excellent end credit suite.

Final Thoughts: Red Eye is a fun listen and one of Marco Beltrami's best scores. Intrada's album has fine liner notes by Daniel Schweiger and sounds great, it's just a shame it took so long to come out.

Red Eye is out now on CD from Intrada Records