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Critical Zone
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Milad Movahedi
Label: Plaza Mayor Company Ltd
Release Date: 26 January 2024

Milad Movahedi's original score for Critical Zone is released via Plaza Mayor Company. The film follows Amir, who leads a lonely life. With his dog for sole company, he drives through the underworld of Tehran, dealing drugs and healing troubled souls like a modern prophet. He navigates the city streets aimlessly, following the directions of his GPS while getting high to escape a town with no future. And yet, in his wandering he will find the seed of resistance...

As short (5 tracks - 13 min, 44 sec) as Milad Movahedi's soundtrack for Critical Zone is, I couldn't help falling in love with it. It has a central, sweet theme which is revisited and expanded upon as the music moves ever forward.

Whilst I enjoyed this score from the first play through, it took me quite some time to appreciate the subtle elements. It's a soundtrack that grows on you the more you listen to it. I was especially impressed with how Movahedi is able to deliver a collection of themes that work well as a stand alone project in its own right.

It's just a shame that there isn't more music, as I could so easily have listened to much more in a similar vein.


Darren Rea

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