Trevor Rabin's sepia-tone score for director John Dahl's World War II adventure The Great Raid may take a cue here and there from Michael Kamen's Band of Brothers, John Barry's Dances with Wolves, and John Williams' Saving Private Ryan, but it's a genre that demands its fair share of lonely trumpet cues and bittersweet string swells. Rabin won't disappoint purists who like their war scores with a heavy helping of patriotic schmaltz, but listeners who have grown weary of the template will no doubt turn to more creative examples of the genre like The Thin Red Line.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger
|The Great Raid, film score|