Treasure Guards

Composed by: Michael Richard Plowman

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the made-for-TV movie, Treasure Guards, Anna Friel is Victoria Carter, an archaeologist who discovers an ancient scroll on a dig in a remote Jordanian desert.  The scroll is encrypted with the location of the Seal of Solomon, long believed to have been given to King Solomon by God himself.  It isnít long before Treasure Guard Angelo (Raoul Bova) receives the order from the covert Vatican organization he works for to find out more about the dig and what Victoria has found.  Victoria and Angelo, aided by Angeloís half-brother Luca (Volker Bruch), set out on an amazing adventure to find the Seal of Solomon, but are they prepared for what they have gotten themselves into?

            The musical score of Treasure Guards was created by Michael Richard Plowman, a British composer who began his musical career at the age of three when he began learning how to play the trumpet.  Teaching himself a number of different orchestral instruments over the years, Plowman spent his teenage years performing in jazz and rock bands and received his first recording contract at the age of sixteen.  Plowman eventually got into conducting and composing for television, film, theater and video games.  He has created over 500 musical scores for such popular television series and films as George of the Jungle, MonsterQuest, Deadliest Warrior, Never Cry Wolf, A Dangerous Man, Age of Heroes, A Lonely Place to Die and more, and video games like Splinter Cell, Advent Rising, Maximo 2 and more.

            Treasure Guards is an action/adventure film and as such, I expected a sweeping score filled with horns and percussion to outline the intensity of the action while strings, electronic sound and soft moments outlined the moments of intrigue.  I wasnít disappointed.  In fact, everything about the score was what I expected and I enjoyed every minute.  I especially liked that Plowman used traditional Middle Eastern horns and strings to add that exotic element, reminding the listeners that much of this film takes place in a desert in Jordan, while  chanting in Latin reminded us that a secret Vatican society was involved in the treasure hunt.

            Despite the fact that the music was enjoyable, there was little new and innovative in the compositions found on Treasure Guards.  The soundtrack was exactly what was expected and little more.  So, while the music is good, I wouldnít ordinarily go out of my way to purchase this soundtrack and I doubt anyone who hasnít heard of this television movie will go out of there way to do so either.


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