Patriots Day Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Patriots Dayby Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 96.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 61.5
Album Excellence: 89.1%
Patriots Day is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan & J.K. Simmons. It is based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Tragedy strikes on April 15, 2013, when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon. In the aftermath of the attack, police Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon) and Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) join courageous survivors, first responders and other investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the suspects and bring them to justice. The score is composed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross.
I don’t think it’s just me, but I’m pretty sure Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is dividing the soundtrack music fanbase. It’s either positive or negative, but rarely it’s a non-issue. Whatever it is, they do seem to engage fans of film music and that can only be a good thing. They have been typecast with the kind of music they produce, but I always go in hoping to hear something I haven’t heard before. The score opens with ‘Them And Us’, and as expected, it’s electronic music for the most part, but there’s a rare lyrical side to the music which doesn’t feature too often when Reznor & Ross is involved. When the piano comes in it almost feels like a Clint Mansell track, the type you find in Moon and others. Interesting. It is aesthetically pleasing to listen to that’s for sure. Another surprise to me is ‘We Forget Who We Are’, a rare glimpse into Reznor & Ross romantic lyrical side with a very sweet minimalistic music piece. They should do that more often, it’s really beautiful.
There’s something very hypnotic about this score. I don’t know, but I truly enjoy cues like ‘The Place You Are Right Now’. It’s repetitive, a little bit noisy, and I’ve heard it all before, but there’s something in there that moves me. Maybe it feels like an indie game score? Maybe. Whatever it is, I am definitely enjoying it. At this point I wonder if I go back to for example Gone Girl or Dragon Tattoo and find that I actually enjoy that music now in a new way. Maybe. This feels different though, more lyrical, more interesting. It’s like Reznor and Ross chucked their music in the “Clint Mansellifier 2000” and out came this weird and wonderful mix of music. I really enjoyed “Before The Flood” which they composed along with Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai so I guess they are in a really good “steam” at the moment and maybe it was a good thing to do other things than Fincher movies to branch out. I can definitely feel the change and it’s good, in fact it’s great.
1. Them And Us
2. We Forget Who We Are
3. The Place You Are Right Now
6. Broken Glass
8. The Night Drive
11. Long Shadows On The Street