Walking With the Enemy
Music Composed by: Timothy Williams
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Based on the true story of Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum, Walking with the Enemy tells the tale of Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong), a young man who was separated from his family during the Nazi occupation of Budapest. Taking the uniform of a Nazi SS Officer, Elek poses as the enemy while searching for missing members of his family. Along the way, he finds himself faced with allowing the soldiers to commit acts of atrocities or interceding in the guise of their superior officer.
The musical score of Walking with the Enemy was created by Timothy Williams, a trained pianist and award-winning composer. Having composed scores for film, television, theater and video games, Williams has amassed quite a résumé. Credits include musical scores for The Mulberry Tree, Beyond All Boundaries, Wild Horses, Red Sky, co-composed scoring for Rise of the Argonauts and additional music for 300, Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, God of War: Ascension, Doomsday and more.
Creating the score for Walking with the Enemy was a challenging, yet rewarding experience for the composer. According to Williams, "Because of the subject matter, watching some of the scenes again and again was very difficult and I had to dig deep to try to even begin to express what I was seeing. Ultimately, though, it is always the challenging scores that are the most rewarding... Because, the film is based on a true story of incredible heroism and daring amid the atrocities committed against the Jews in Hungary during WWII. I wanted a score that tried to capture the pain and anguish of the time, as well as the bravery and hope of Elek Cohen..."
Through the use of a full orchestra, Timothy Williams created a score that perfectly expresses the sadness and the danger of the time. Dark though it may be, the score has an intrinsic beauty that will not be denied. Tracks may begin in an action style, with crashing cymbals, horns and fast-paced orchestral music, yet end in a beautiful, melancholy piece (Palace Attack). The tracks often turn dark with low registry horns and woodwinds performing, offering a sense of impending doom, such as in Family Goodbye. There is a sense of urgency in some tracks, leading the listener to believe that Elek is either in trouble or has little time to act in order to keep himself out of trouble (Ghetto House, Bridge Battle). All through the soundtrack, there is this sense of love and sorrow - something that Williams had hoped to portray. He did so masterfully.
Listening to the score of Walking with the Enemy, I was compelled to learn more about the film. I was inspired to want to see the film, which is a credit to the composer who created such a compelling score. I must admit that I had never heard of Timothy Williams before listening to the Walking with the Enemy Soundtrack, but I am impressed with his work and can't wait to hear more from this composer.