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Enemies Closer by Tony Morales (Review)

posted Mar 11, 2014, 9:35 PM by Kaya Savas

Tony Morales caught my attention with his amazing work on Hatfields & McCoys, which he co-scored with John Debney. His writing stood out because he was able to really infuse melodies into his music that hooked you. His music also painted a sonic world around you that was truly an immersive experience. Enemies Closer may be your typically dumb Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle, but those types of movies usually lend themselves to some awesome scoring. Morales delivers a very well executed score here that calls back to a time of great action movie music.

Tony Morales’ score immediately took me on a nostalgia trip to the great action scores of the 90’s that made me fall in love with film music in the first place. An era where composers like Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams and Mark Mancina dominated the genre. But since Tony’s score here also has suspense elements, it also reminded me of really classic action along the lines of Predator or Rambo. That's not to say that Tony didn't build a fully original landscape, he totally did. The score is its own breed of action suspense that's infused with Tony's stylings. The writing is terrific as it utilizes strings and synths to craft a very classic sound. The score has big orchestral moments that give tons of weight, and percussion gives it a hard tangible edge. Now, this is isn’t a full-blown action score. Action suspense is probably the best way to describe it. Morales effectively builds suspense with simple techniques that really hold the whole experience together. When the score gets loud you embrace the intensity and have a blast. The last few tracks are simply terrific fun to listen to as Morales gives us a nicely rounded out action ride.

The film may not interest you, but the score sure will. Morales is a fantastic composer with tremendous talent, and all of that is evident here in this great score. Nothing here will blow you away or change your life, but the whole thing is supremely engaging and entertaining. You’ll want to revisit it again as it’s one of those scores that loves to build to big bold moments that will hook you.