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Red Lights by Víctor Reyes (Review)

posted Mar 19, 2012, 9:25 PM by Kaya Savas

Red Lights is a thriller starring Robert De Niro as he really is venturing into all sorts of territories at this stage in his career. With a film dealing with psychics and the paranormal you may have some preconceived notion of what the music would be like, but I assure you Víctor Reyes doesn't go that route. What we have here is a string heavy score with some unique textures that really flourishes. The score feels physically heavy because the music is just that rich. It's constantly moving with grand arrangements and very epic sounding motifs, which was something I wasn't expecting.

The way Reyes builds tension is very similar to how Howard Shore did it in films like Se7en and Panic Room. The brilliance in this score is how he is able to build and sustain. The music builds to a certain point and then that emotion or feel is sustained, and as a listener you become so engrossed in it. I really enjoyed this score, and even if the subject matter isn't your cup of tea I think you will enjoy it too. The music is not horror. The execution combines these rich orchestral moments that just feel uncharacteristic for what your expectations would be. The way Reyes handles the orchestra makes the score feel like it was composed twenty years ago. This just doesn't feel like a modern thriller score.

I was pleasantly surprised at the richness and quality of the music here. Víctor Reyes executes with perfection and as a thriller score this works mighty well. I guarantee you will be blown away at the type of sound you will experience from this score. No cheap tricks and heavy handed electronics. This is just the richness of the orchestra playing fantastic melodies with a composer who knows how to plot his attack. Any person who appreciates film music will enjoy this score.