Musical Score By: Phillipe Jakko
Distributed by: MovieScore Media
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the movie Allies, set during World War II, a team of British soldiers led by an American Captain are dropped behind enemy lines in France on a mission that can shorten the war. But nothing goes as planned and Sgt. Harry McBain (Chris Reilly) and Captain Gabriel Jackson (Julian Ovenden) realize that they must put personal animosities aside and work together in order for their mission to succeed.
The musical score of Allies was created by French composer Philippe Jakko. Studying harmony, counterpoint, composition and conducting and graduating with a degree in musicology, Jacko is also a multi-instrumentalist capable of playing piano, guitars, keyboard, bass and the Arabic oud. In addition to creating musical score for a number of film shorts and for the film Que D'Amour!, Phillipe Jacko is active in the world of ballet, composed a hip hop opera and has written several hit songs.
As soon as the Allies Soundtrack began to play, I knew that this was a movie set during a war. I recognized the use of horns and drum rolls as representative of military. Strings are added in to represent the human side of the military action. Battles are heavy in percussion and ominous sound, while moments of reflection and friendship are somewhat sad and feature mainly strings.
The music of Allies is an interesting blend of beauty and action, each track representing some dramatic moment in the film and expressing those moments through either heroic, ominous or morose music depending on the moment. I listened to the Allies Soundtrack twice before writing this review and found I could listen to the music many more times and still find it enjoyable. Phillipe Jakko has created the perfect score for this film and I can't wait to hear more from this composer.