13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Musical Score By: Lorne Balfe

Distributed by: Paramount Music

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based upon 13 Hours, a book by Mitchell Zuckoff, 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a dramatic film that follows six members of a security team fighting to defend the American diplomatic compound in Lybia after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2012.  The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber and Toby Stephens

                The musical score of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi was created by award-winning Scottish producer and composer Lorne Balfe.  Creating music for multiple genres, Lorne Balfe first earned recognition for producing Hans Zimmerís Oscar-nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception  He went on to earn nominations for his own score for Crying with Laughter in 2009.  Since then, Balfe has created musical score for feature films, documentaries and video games, including Penguins of Madagascar, Home, Terminator Genisys, Ironclad, The Sweeney, Not Another Happy Ending, Restless, American Hero, Salinger, Assassinís Creed III, Skylanders: Giants, Beyond: Two Souls, Lego: Batman and more.

                The music created for this film definitely has a dramatic flair.  The soundtrack begins with Hero, a somber track featuring a trumpet solo, representing the military Welcome to Benghazi has a somewhat sinister tone to it, a dark and ominous style that serves as a precursor of things to come.  Tracks like Burn Them Out and Engage Direct feature heavy percussion as the security team engages in battle.  The Last Resort features a distinctive rumbling in the background reminiscent of the sound of far off explosions.  The rest of the album is incredibly somber as the losses are realized.

                The 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Soundtrack features music that is dramatic and evokes strong emotions.  I have no doubt that the score is a perfect accompaniment to the film, though I hesitate to say I would purchase the soundtrack in a store.  Lorne Balfe is a terrific composer and the score is just what the movie calls for, just not one I would want to add to my soundtrack collection.


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