The Force Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the documentary score The Force by Justin Melland.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 73.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
The Force is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Peter Nicks and starring Juan Carlos Zapata. At a powderkeg moment in American policing, The Force goes deep inside the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to reform itself amid growing local controversy. Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) embedded with the department over the course of two years to follow its serial efforts to recast itself. The film focuses on the new chief brought in to effect reform at the very moment the Black Lives Matter movement emerges to demand police accountability and racial justice both in Oakland and across the nation. The score is composed by Justin Melland.
Justin Melland who you might now from the television documentary series Dark Net, a score which I thought fitted the subject well. This one however is a different beast. Police reform, and how they go about it is the focus on a beaten and battered police forice is the story here and it is a documentary I feel that I need to see. The score opens with the main theme ‘Main Titles’ and the pulsating tension is all you need to know. It’s going to be a very tense score covering a very tense subject and situation for every cop and police station out there. Similar to Dark Net, the music takes on an electronic form quite quickly and maybe that’s just Melland’s style. As long as it works, that shouldn’t matter and I feel that although I can’t call the main theme memorable, it’s certainly strong and on the point, kind of minimalistic, but also a bit "violent" in that the volume seems to build up along the electronic rhythm.
Melland use his electronic style to send a message and that message is that it’s a job with incredible force and pressure, specially now with the media and public looking down on them, ready to pounce on every little mistake they make. The score is hard-hitting and on the nose. I wouldn’t call it a great standalone listen, but I wouldn’t call it a terrible one either. It’s somewhere in the good to great range, but never quite reaching that excellence which I didn’t really expect, but had hoped for after Dark Net. It’s repetitive, but not bland. The various synths keep it interesting enough to listen through, but I bet it’s great in context and that’s where everyone should experience this score and if you really think you would love to listen to this score on it’s own, then go for it.