THE STORY SO FAR:
Once upon a time, for a short period, Elia Cmiral was considered a hot property for the future in Hollywood music circles. Having taken a tortuous circuit to the mainstream – via his Czech homeland, his adopted country of Sweden, and work on the TV show Nash Bridges – his first major film, the 1998 Robert De Niro thriller Ronin was pretty much roundly praised. Then, two years later, came the nadir: the ill-fated, critically derided Battlefield Earth, which almost single-handedly re-destroyed John Travoltas career, and catapulted Cmiral into the realms of straight-to-video Z-grade horror movies. Pulse is only his fourth cinematic feature since the turn of the millennium and, unfortunately, neither the film or the score is likely to alter his career trajectory.
The film’s score shows the Cmiral that I came to enjoy via the Ronin soundtrack. You hear exciting influences of Eastern Europe meeting the tech of today. Plus, there’s so much variation in the cues that you’re left wondering why Hollywood can’t catch up to where Cmiral is coming from. The Asian cinema of South Korea seems to get the same tone. Hell, I felt a lot of J-Horror elements in the Flashback tracks featured on the soundtrack.
Final Score: 90% – B