Music Soundtrack Review
Music By David Sardy
29 Tracks/Disc Time: 60:08
"Sabotage" was Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest intense action-thriller that is being released on Blu-Ray/DVD and digital download next week by Universal. The film stars Schwarzenegger as John "Breacher" Wharton, the leader of an elite group of DEA including James 'Monster' Murray (Sam Worthington, Man On A Ledge), Lizzy Murray (Mireille Enos), Joe "Grinder" Philips (Joe Manganiello, "Magic Mike"), Eddie "Neck" Jordan (Josh Holloway), Bryce "Tripod" McNeely (Kevin Vance), Julius "Sugar" Edmonds (Terrence Howard, "Hustle & Flow"), Tom "Pyro" Roberts (Max Martini), and "Smoke" Jennings (Mark Schlegel) who get a plum assignment of raiding a drug-bought house and finds a fortune in neatly stacked cash. Before blowing the money, the team steals around $10,000,000 of it. When the group gets to the pick up point, the money is nowhere to be found. All are investigated and placed off duty but ultimately reinstated and they are slowly picked off, one by one, obviously in some connection to the money. As they hurry to uncover the truth, Breacher joins forces with a government agent named Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams, "The Sixth Sense") in a last-ditch effort to find answers before they all turn up dead. The film was directed by David Ayer, who scripted the memorable "Training Day" and directed the tense films "End Of Watch", "Harsh Times" and "Street Kings", in which this film closely resembles in similar ways.
After working with composer Graeme Revell on films such as "Harsh Times" and "Street Kings", David Ayer has gone in a different direction musically and this time working closely with newcomer David Sardy. Sardy who made his debut in the hit drama, "21", wrote a sensational score for the memorable hit horror-comedy, "Zombieland" and did a seminal and atmospheric score for Ayer's, "End Of Watch". The score to "Sabotage" is pretty much out of the Revell playbook and the score that pretty much is the connection to this one is "Street Kings". The score is filled with moody electronics, percussion and guitar work that you do feel is Revell's work. However, it is a very original score that is much more than atmosphere and there is depth and tension with every beat and note that Sardy has programmed on his synthesizers. Some of the score also reminds me a bit of Cliff Martinez's work as well with its cool modernism and hip beats.
The album opens with "Raiding The Cartel" and "Stealing The Money", which immediately sets the tone of the score with cool electronic beats with lots of emphasis on percussion and keyboards that suggest a cold, corrupt atmosphere driven further by a cool rock guitar motif for Arnold Schwarzenegger's team that would rub off on the rest of the score. There's some plenty of action that are actually quite interesting and propulsive which is basically the aim of these sequences that include highlights such as "ATL Street Chase", "Lizzy Shot Grinder", "Team Training", and "Redneck Boat/Not A Fish", along with plenty of moody suspense highlighted by "Where's Breacher", "Where's The Money", "Gunfight", "Team Falls Apart", which reminds me a little bit of Basil Poledouris' score to "No Man's Land" with the same vibe, "Not Gonna Fight You Boss", and "Finding Tripod", that features some really errie and moody atmospherics . The score ends on a light and positive note with "Breacher's Revenge" a track highlighted by a nice acoustic guitar theme that switches gears to the more propulsive aspects of the score that dominate the score from start to finish.
This release of the score is a good one and there is plenty here to like and lot that goes by the waste side of atmosphere. What is good about it is that it fits the film to a tee and there are moments that do work as a regular listening experience. This is one of David Sardy's best scores without question, but it really mighty not appeal to soundtrack collectors as more than a momento for the film than anything else. It's a solid score that could easily be the companion piece to "Street Kings" and fans of that score will enjoy this one. Despite some mixed atmospheric stuff, I'll give this one admirable thumbs up for what it is: a throwback synth based score that is just as lean and gritty as the film is. Marginal thumbs up.