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Hitman: Agent 47 by Marco Beltrami (Review)

posted Oct 6, 2015, 10:13 AM by Leo Mayr

Marco Beltrami has had a rather successful year so far, and Hitman: Agent 47 is another great addition to it. After a fantasy action movie, a spy thriller and a superhero movie, Hitman is very different and refreshing from Beltrami's previous scores this year.

The first thing I noticed was an unusual amount of electronics for a Beltrami score, mainly for action sequences that give the score its own identity. These fast paced action moments mixed with suspense are why the score is so enjoyable. The opening track "The Agent Program" starts out suspenseful, quickly becoming a fast paced action sequence, followed by a long line of action tracks. "Tube Tumble" relies heavily on electronics for its intense action, and here is a great chance to hear the main theme introduced in "Point Blank", in action. At first I was surprised this score even needed a main theme but seeing how it works for the music, I cannot complain. Overall, the action is well structured, never slows down for too long and Beltrami keeps adding new action segments instead of reusing a select few. The main theme can be found in various tracks and really connects the score. "Harpooned" has my favorite variation of that theme, as intense and dark as it gets, it can only really be described as "badass" (which sadly cannot be said for the movie itself...).

There is also an emotional aspect to the score, but it feels really basic (probably since the movie didn't have much room for it anyways), and a lack of amazing emotional moments is what makes the hour long album filled with suspense and action feel a bit repetetive after a while. "Towel Talk" and Katia's Theme" are the best examples for that, being short breaks inbetween the loud and aggressive action scenes.

Generally, Hitman: Agent 47 is a great action score, with stunning fight sequences and an amazing main theme. A lack of emotion sadly makes the experience feel incomplete (as does the movie), but if you just want some fun action, you're in for a hell of a ride.