Writer/director Conor Allyn (Hearts of Freedom) directs Kellan Lutz and Ario Bayu in this exotic action thriller set on the Indonesian Island of Java where an American visitor (Lutz) must team with a local detective (Bayu) to find the perpetrators of a deadly suicide bombing, putting them on an unexpected collision course with an international jewel thief named Malik (Mickey Rourke).
A former associate of such renowned feature composers as Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams, composer Justin Caine Burnett (Iron Cross) merges the unrelenting adrenaline rush of propulsive rock-inflected action music with the exotic timbre of traditional Turkish saz-baglama dance music. At times the combination takes on a retro flavor – Led Zeppelin attempted a similar hybrid in such famous tracks as “Kashmir,” which “Sunset Red Light (Black Submarine),” among others, here resembles. The approach yields several noteworthy variations –suspenseful (“Investigation”), eerie (“Temple Pursuit”) and devastatingly intense (“Stealing the Crown Jewels,” “Motorcycle Chase”). Alternatingly calm and explosive, Burnett’s is a thundering heartbeat of a score – unrelenting and unpredictable, yet always reliable.