We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

Composed By: John Dragonetti

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The 2012 documentary We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists takes viewers into the complex, secretive activist world of Anonymous.  Who are Anonymous?  Well, they’re the collective group that have taken on a great number of causes.  A radical group of online activists, Anonymous has been more than just a nuisance, they have hacked into and brought down Mastercard, Visa and PayPal when they froze transactions to Wikileaks, launched cyber attacks against foreign governments in support of Arab Spring and supplied tech support for the Occupy movement that swept the nation.

The musical score of We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists was created by music composer and producer John Dragonetti.  A co-founding member of the band The Submarines, Dragonetti has recently composed music several award-winning TV shows airing on HBO, Showtime, Sundance Channel, NBC and E! and the documentary film, Surfwise and the AMC series Small Town Security.

The music composed for We Are Legion is modern and up-tempo, featuring electric guitars, synths and heavy percussion.  The music inspires thoughts of empowerment and determination, leading one to believe that it is an anthem of sorts for the Anonymous movement, something that Dragonetti intended from the start: “There's scene in the film where tens of thousands of Anons (members of Anonymous) come together for protests simultaneously in different cities around the world. This is a huge deal for these guys - they'd been until this point, well, anonymous. Their acts of civil disobedience had always been done online from the safety of their homes or in parents' basements. This is the moment when their movement becomes humanized and they feel an incredible sense of empowerment. We were looking for something anthematic here. Not in a John Williams sort of way - more punk rock. I always thought of this piece as the 'Theme Song' (The cue is actually titled 'You Meet Your Own People, Finally') and had this fantasy that it would become part of the actual movement - not just a film cue.”

The music is definitely inspiring and moving, whether or not you believe in the causes of the Anonymous movement.  The music created for this documentary by John Dragonetti is an example of modern musical composition that is definitely worth taking a listen to.


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