The film is pure genius, the music absolutely perfect for the driving intensity of the film itself Clive Owen steals the movie purely by his laidback in-your-face attitude. At one point i was sure it was an israeli-heist type pic, you know, a snatch-em and hang-em type pic. But this is far subtler. A really good picture, one to see again. ALL of the music fits each little scene to the nth degree, great, and Chaiya Chaiya is brilliant. Drives the movie along, Spike Lee is a clever man - more please!
Bought this for my husband as it's one of his favourite films and he loves the soundtrack. He was playing the "Bollywood" track rather loudly whilst parked up and an rather ancient lady walked past and started to "Bollywood" dance. He said it was priceless just to see her laughing with glee.
When i first watched this film, and the main score music began to sink in (after the title sequence music), i knew i was in for a fun ride. The music MAKES this movie work. It oozes coolness but with a twist of cheekiness. Its a relaxed big band sound with a hint of jazz that just works.
I'd compare the music to COPLAND(the sylvester stallone film) meets MOONRAKER via THE MAN FROM UNCLE by way of THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123.
The recurring themes are repetative but when those themes are so good it doesn't matter. If you are used to soundtracks by Carter Burwell (barton fink/fargo/millers crossing) then you will not mind at all. give it a try.