Big Bad Wolves

Music Composed By: Frank Ilfman

Distributed by: MovieScore Media/Kronos Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the Israeli thriller Big Bad Wolves, Lior Ashkenazi is Miki, a police detective fired for his brutal efforts to question a school teacher (Rostem Kienan) suspected of possibly abducting and murdering a young girl.  Miki is approached by the missing girlís father Gidi (Tzahi Grad) who wants the truth about what happened to his daughter and he isnít worried about how far Miki may have to go to get it.  But when Miki starts to believe that the school teacher my actually be innocent, things start to get very personal.

                The musical score of Big Bad Wolves was created by Israeli composer Frank Ilfman.  Inspired by Ennio Morriconeís musical score for The Good, The Bad and the Ugly at the age of eight, Ilfman set his sights on composing.  He began his musical career studying the trombone and piano at the Jaffa Conservatorium of Music in Tel Aviv.  By the age of fourteen, Ilfman attended recording sessions for The Neverending Story conducted by German composer Klaus Doldinger.  Attending these sessions moved Ilfman to be more committed to becoming a composer.  By the age of seventeen, Ilfman was working on the musical score of the television series The Chancer with Jan Hammer.  Since then, he has created musical scores for films such as Nemesis Game, The Ferryman and Mercenaries.

                The score of Big Bad Wolves features a central theme that makes its way throughout.  Itís a somewhat innocent, yet somber theme.  The music is orchestral, with strings being the primary instrument helping to tell the story of the film.  Soft strokes project innocence, strokes in the lower registry accompanied by lower registry notes from the brass section project an ominous undertone, plucks of the strings suggest tense or terse moments and heavy strokes on higher registers cause goosebumps to break out along the listenerís spine suggesting something extremely scary or horrific taking place.

                Frank Ilfman has created a musical score that aids in telling the story of Big Bad Wolves.  However, Iím not so certain that anyone will want to own the Big Bad Wolves Soundtrack as a stand alone album.  There are some interesting moments on the album, but not interesting enough for the hefty price tag of the CD version of the soundtrack.  I suggest checking the album out in digital format, a much better bargain at $8.00US.


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