The Equalizer is one of my “Films of 2014”, and in fact it’s thus far my favourite action film of the year. The one main thing I’m actually thankful for (which some people may not be happy about) is that the soundtrack album does NOT contain the wretched Eminem and Sia track that almost spoiled the end titles sequence of what was otherwise a terrific film experience.
Harry Gregson-Williams is a master of Hollywood genre movie soundtracks and he doesn’t disappoint here at all. The soundtrack bounces along, with action themes such as “On A Mission” blending seamlessly with the quieter, more introspective tracks such as “Change Your World”.
The soundtrack really is contemporary and yet timeless, reminiscent of his work on films such as The Taking of Pelham 123 (although the less said about that film the better) and The Town, but it would not have been out of place in films from the 80’s and 90s. It’s a good fit.
Gregson-Williams doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel here then, but then neither does the film, and in fact what makes both the film, and the soundtrack itself, so damn good, is that they do everything they are supposed to do, and they do it very well indeed. Recommended.
Review by Ross Boyask