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Soundtrack review: Into the storm (Brian Tyler, 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Into the storm (Brian Tyler, 2014)

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Brian Tyler’s second offering of this month comes for the first tornado disaster movie in 18 years. I loved Twister (and also the score by Mark Mancina) so I couldn’t wait to hear what’s going on this time. What surprised me was the length of the score. Brian Tyler usually fills up between 75 and 80 minutes, so the 48 minutes total time of this score is a bit of a letdown. I have a few scores by him with more than 48 minutes of excellence actually.
“Into the storm” starts with a couple of cues that make me think of the great parts of Steve Jablonsky’s Transformer scores. The first cue, “Into the storm” begins majestically, with range and you can tell that the score is about something bigger than us. “Atonement” is as strong and intense: nonstop pounding action, the stuff Brian Tyler is the best at, and it’s just a prelude to the real monster cue of the score, “Titus versus the tornado”. This one explodes and I can’t wait to see the scene it was written for.
“Fate” is the cue that speaks to me the most. I got a very Zimmeresque vibe from it, maybe because it has that unmistakable build up that Hans Zimmer trademarked. It’s the one slow tempo track from this score that really stuck with me.
“Humanity arising” is an atmospheric piece, simple but effective. It had elements of the “Battle LA hymn” and could have found its place on that score, as could the final cue of the score “Aurora”. I am not a big fan of guitars in a movie score so maybe that’s why I wouldn’t count those two cues among my favorites from this score. If you enjoyed Battle, then you’ll love them.
The second half of the score is not as exciting as the first. I love “Multiple vortices” and “The power of nature”, but they are too short to have time to really take off.
Brian Tyler delivered another solid score. It won’t make his top ten for me and it doesn’t hold as high a replay value as many of his other scores, but I enjoyed it a lot. If there’s such a thing as a generic Brian Tyler score, this would be it. It’s a good thing though that the generic Brian Tyler sound is way better than what many other composers can deliver on a very good day.
My ratings:
Cue score: 82/100
Total minutes of excellence : 28/48
Album excellence: 58%
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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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