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Dawn Patrol by Joe Kraemer (Review)

posted May 21, 2015, 5:01 PM by Kaya Savas

Yes, Dawn Patrol is a very low-budget movie about a marine who is being held at gunpoint and is forced to recount his own tragic story of revenge. What should amaze you is that Joe Kraemer was able to infuse a pretty thematic and strikingly stylistic score into this Scott Eastwood career boosting vehicle. It’s not anything overly flashy or showy, but the central theme holding the twangy retro style score is a pretty engaging pull.

Dawn Patrol probably won’t appeal much to a wide audience, as we see some known actors with some unknown actors struggle to act through a weak script. Surprisingly directed by former writer Daniel Petrie Jr. who is known for writing Beverly Hills Cop and Turner & Hooch. The score does a great job of building the theme and working some nice atmospheres around it. It’s a low-key score with a cooler flavored soundscape that manages to have more layers than you’d expect. There is a calmness and a stillness to the music at times that echoes the idea of reflection. Joe also does a great job of building uneasiness. The score is not suspense or thrills, but there is this aura of uneasiness that surrounds it. That’s all the score needs to really rope you in, and I found it to be a very engaging listen. There is a fragility with some tragic notions that you can feel in that main theme, and I really liked how it was used throughout the body of the score.

Dawn Patrol was a nice little treat from Joe Kraemer as we await his big-budget Mission Impossible score, but for a tiny film about a surfer turned Marine it’s got a lot to offer. The theme is expertly used to build the structure of the score, and its somber yet reflective tone makes it quite engrossing. Kraemer embraces the electronic style and gives it a bit of a retro styling that carries a crisp soundscape. Dawn Patrol the film will likely be on Netflix before you know it or the $5 bin at Wal-Mart. But it's still a shining example of versatility and narrative ability from Kraemer no matter how low or high the budget of the film may be.