The original soundtrack to Stephen Norrington's The Last Minute, a dark comedy about a young, washed-up British actor wrapped up in London's underworld, seems inspired by the soundtracks to recent, like-minded British films, most notably Trainspotting and Snatch. Sleek electronica like Leftfield's "Song of Life" and Spacer's "The Beamer" dominates the album, giving it a cool but slightly dated late-'90s patina. Indeed, the film was shot in 2000, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Festival, and ended up as a straight-to-video release in the U.S. in 2003, so it's possible to see the soundtrack as sort of a time capsule of that era in electronic music. Despite the lengthy buildup to its release, the album still includes its fair share of good-to-great tracks, including El-P's "Deep Space 9MM," Amon Tobin's tensely atmospheric title track, and a pair of cuts from Aphex Twin, "Disc 2 Track 3" and "On." Songs by Luke Vibert, Bogdan Raczynski, Supreme Beings of Leisure, and Radio Zumbido round out the album, adding to its worthwhile but slightly anticlimactic feel.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares