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Soundtrack review: Nuovo ordine mondiale (Francesco Marchetti – 2015)

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“Nuovo ordine mondiale” (“New world order”) is a Italian film written and directed by brothers Marco and Fabio Ferrara. It’s their personal take on the political machinations that rule today’s world and claims to shed light on “Casta” and “The illuminati”. This documentary, I guess, was scored by Francesco Marchetti, one of the most appreciated Italian composers and conductors.

I was probably superficial in expecting a flamboyant and aggressive score for a story like this. Instead the opening theme “Tower and Sara”” plays like the end credits of an emotional story where the characters are left scared but with a chance at happiness. “Men of justice” follows and the music is as determined and decisive as the title suggests. I like the fast pace and no compromise sound of this score. I know I will probably not return to it in the future but this doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it in the moment. There are similar thriller scores where the composers don’t put a lot of heart and they end up sounding generic and even boring. It’s not the case here. The composer and the addition of soloists from now and then give life to the music and deepen the experience of listening to it.

I don’t know who “Tower” is but his presence seems to bring the best in the music. “Tower’s memories” is another meaningful and melancholic piano driven theme which makes an impression. I am getting a lot more from this score than I was expecting when I started. I should have known better, since I’ve rarely been disappointed by an Italian composer, no matter the subject of the movie.

Sometimes, when the composers want to make an even bigger statement, almost Gregorian sounding choirs come in and make the music more intense. “Eurogend” brings than plus a build up that makes me believe everything it tells me. There are some moments in “Nuova ordine mondiale” that resemble trailer music and that’s always nice and exciting to hear. I almost feel at times as if I’m listening to a fantasy score. Once in this frame of mind the music leaves the confines of the story for good and I can enjoy it even more. I imagine epic scenes with heroes and sacrifices and swords and honor and I applaud what Francesco Marchetti is doing here.

Definitely give this one a listen, regardless of your ideas about the movie or shadow conspiracies. This has all the appeal and drive of a trailer music album and I loved the rush it gave me.

Cue rating: 90 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 19 / 42

Album excellence: 46%

Highlights:

Tower and Sara

Eurogend

Ambush

Tears for a Hero

Goodbye Sorat

Betrayed

A New Beginning (Rise and Run)

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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