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Parker by David Buckley (Review)

posted Jan 26, 2013, 1:00 AM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Jan 26, 2013, 9:19 AM ]

Parker is your average-looking Jason Statham actioner. But take a closer look and you will see that it’s directed by Oscar winner Taylor Hackford, written by John J. McLaughlin who wrote Black Swan and Hitchcock, and composed by the fantastic David Buckley. The score for Parker puts on display Buckley’s immensely calculated approach to action, character and plot. The score is immensely likable with a fantastically memorable identity. 

Buckley is a rare talent in that he is one of the few composers who has successfully tamed electronics to be used as a respectable instrument in his soundscape. He has an incredible knack for the orchestra too as evident by his score for The Forbidden Kingdom. His score for Parker blends a great electronic soundscape with plenty of organic instruments (no big orchestra) in a way where each sound is distinct and identifiable. The music doesn’t wash over you, but more so jogs and runs so that you feel the hit of every step. A fun little motif pops up in “Leslie In Boca” that makes an appearance in a few other tracks too. This adds a great dimension to the score and even gives it some character. Buckley adds a dash of cool with some guitar and dissonant brass which results in a score that ends up having a very distinct flavor even if the plot and movie itself seems familiar. The action tracks move along nicely and make for an extremely entertaining listen. The music never goes overboard so the listening experience is light and energetic instead of heavy and sluggish. All in all the score is a surprising bit of fresh air early here in 2013.

David Buckley masterfully handles the material extremely well. The score lives well beyond the film and shows off a fun ride. The music is cool and calculated, which makes the listen evermore fresh and fun. Buckley’s signature sounds are all over the score as well, so if you loved his work on From Paris With Love and his co-composing team-up with Harry Gregson-Williams on The Town then you’ll certainly enjoy Parker.