Bastille Day is an intriguing, yet ultimately predictable action movie about a terrorist plot in Paris. While the film has its flaws, it makes up for that in a few great action scenes. Ales Heffes was brought on to compose the music, and he delivers an intriguing action score that, while sounding a little generic in places, helps the film to be a lot more entertainig.
The score opens with a handful of emotional and suspenseful tracks, that establish the characters and the plot, as well as a more unique soundscape, best heard throughout "Planting The Bomb". This is picked up again in "Rooftop Chase", one of the more unique action tracks the score has to offer and the film's true highlight. Heffes combines electronic textures with a stunning orchestral action piece, giving the score an identifying sound. While the suspenseful moments end up feeling a little generic, Heffes handles the film's action scenes more than nicely. The intense bursts of action breathe life into the film and make the experience even enjoyable. The handful of emotional moments do their part, but end up not sounding all that special. Besides the great action moments, the score rarely leaves the background of the film and there won't be many moments where you'll specifically notice the music while watching the movie.
Alex Heffes delivers a solid action score that nicely supports the film. While there are not many noteworthy moments in the music, the ones that are noteworthy really stand out from the rest. If you're a fan of action scores, you should definitely give this one a chance. The timing of the film with the recent tragedy in France is unfortunate, but I think it serves a purpose of shining a light on the juxtaposition of fiction vs. reality. Films will always be our escapism, but some people try to bring terror into the world to make it a reality. We will continue to be entertained by our fiction and never let terror take away our ability to enjoy life. This isn't the first time a film's plot or name has echoed a recent real-world tragedy, and sadly it won't be the last. This film may hit way too close to home for some people in the world right now, but hopefully terror doesn't prevent you from exploring it if it originally peaked your interest.
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