Dawn Patrol

Music Composed By: Joe Kraemer

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the dramatic film, Dawn Patrol, Scott Eastwood is John, a U.S. Marine held at gunpoint in a distant desert.  To stall his execution, John recalls his past as a California surfer and how one act of revenge against the man (Gabriel de Santi) he thought killed his brother (Chris Brochu) changed his entire life.

            The Dawn Patrol Soundtrack features songs by various artists such as Safety Orange, Guardian Ghost and Up the Anesthetic and musical score by American composer Joe Kraemer.  Beginning his scoring career at the age of fifteen, creating musical score for a high school classmate's Super 8 filmed indie flick, Kraemer decided he wanted to become a film composer while attending the Berklee School of Music.  In 2000, he created his first feature film score for The Way of the Gun.  Since then, he has created musical scores for a number of television and film projects, including Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Poseidon Adventure, A Time to Remember and more.

            The score created for Dawn Patrol is often dark and ominous, featuring electronic/electric sound.  There is an intensity to the score that belies danger, sadness and despair.  There are definitely moments of action in which the music becomes more adrenaline-pumping.  This faster-paced, high velocity music is probably used in flashback scenes to John's times surfing in the ocean.  But it's the songs found in the beginning of the album that really make the Dawn Patrol Soundtrack

            The score of Dawn Patrol is okay, but doesn't really grab you.  The fact that the draw for this soundtrack are the songs that take up only the first five of the eighteen tracks makes this one of those albums not quite worth spending good money on.  You're better off buying the mp3s of the songs and leaving it at that.


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