John Powell


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Face/Off adheres far too closely to the bombastic Media Ventures filmscoring aesthetic pioneered by John Powell's mentor Hans Zimmer -- with its reliance on signature Zimmer elements like classical chord progressions, synthetic strings and explosive percussion, the score is so derivative that one begins to wonder if the two composers swapped identities in keeping with director John Woo 's far-fetched action narrative. Powell too often mistakes frenzy for frisson, employing splatters of sound virtually bereft of cohesion -- it's pure sonic overkill, and it makes for awkward, grating listening.

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