Patriots Day

Musical Score By: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on the events after the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place in 2015, Patriots Day stars Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders, a police sergeant who joins survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to catch the people responsible for this terrorist attack.  The film weaves together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and RN Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) in an effort to bring viewers into what it took to successfully hunt down these bombers and the amazing strength of the Boston people.

                The musical score of Patriots Day was created by the composing team of Trent Rezner and Atticus Ross.  American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and composer Trent Reznor is best known as the founder and main songwriter of Nine Inch Nails.  Atticus Ross is a British musician, songwriter, record producer and audio engineer who worked with Reznor and Nine Inch Nails as a programmer before becoming an official band member in 2016.  Reznor and Ross have teamed together to create musical scores for such well-known films as The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl and Before the Flood.

                The score of Patriots Day is electronic, featuring synths, guitars and percussion mixed with electronic and ambient sound.  The score is rather dramatic with a sense of anger and anguish to the main theme Them and Us Broken Glass is incredibly dark and ominous with a great deal of electronic and ambient sound to keep the listener on edge.  There are some lighter moments in the score, but for the most part, this is an examination of the inner turmoil of the people who were conducting the hunt for the terrorists who set off the bombs during the Boston Marathon. 

                Though I wasnít expecting any sort of lighthearted fanfare from the Patriots Day Soundtrack, I canít quite say that I enjoyed it.  I have no doubt that the edgy electronic score goes well with the visuals of the film, but as a standalone album, to me the score leaves something to be desired.


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