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Soundtrack review: The Divergent series – Allegiant (Joseph Trapanese – 2016)

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Joseph Trapanese is one of the few composers who know how to speak to me so closely and hypnotize me so quickly.

“The Divergent Series: Allegiant” (also known simply as Allegiant) is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Robert Schwentke with a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, and Stephen Chbosky. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, and the third installment in The Divergent Series. Just like in the case of the final books from Harry Potter, Twilight or The hunger games, there will be two movies to end the saga. After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it. The first two scores were massive and enjoyable and the fact that Joseph Trapanese returned for this one can only make me happy.

To me the Joseph Trapanese future sound is unique and familiar. As soon as “Beyond the wall” starts I find myself on a planet I visited before in “Oblivion” or “Tron: legacy”. The special electronic sound that builds up like a wave that comes and sweeps me away has been among my favorite things to hear in the past 5 years or so. As the next cue goes by I feel like tiptoeing so I wouldn’t disturb the sound and make it go away. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: “Oblivion” is my favorite score of the past 15 years and I’ve bene waiting for another score to sound like it. This one starts very promising.

And it’s not only the start. Orchestral electronic film music is something I could spend days and days listening to without knowing or caring how much time passed. Reality would mean nothing to me because I would be deeply immersed in a dream world, in my dream world and I would need no other nourishment that what I hear. The music is sometimes reflective, sometimes relentless and other times suffocating but always entertaining and with a metallic edge to it. When I hear a cue like “Chase through fringe” my adrenaline level goes through the roof and I feel a high like no other. Then I hear a cue like “The bureau” and I fall in love with the melodic sweetness it brings. These two edges of a spectrum and everything in between are the playground on which Joseph Trapanese unleashes his addictive music.

I love this score because of how it makes me feel. It’s personal to me, it’s intimate to me and it has a special place inside me. I don’t know how it will affect you but to me this sound is as good as it gets. This kind of ambient is found all over my dream world and I breathe it and feed on it. Joseph Trapanese is one of the few composers who know how to speak to me so closely and hypnotize me so quickly. I am sure his fans will adore this score as much as I know that he will get new ones. Feast your ears on “Allegiant”.

Cue rating: 94 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 38 / 56

Album excellence: 68%

Highlights:

Beyond The Wall

The Council

Over The Wall

Chase Through Fringe

Plasma Globes

The Bureau

The Elevator

Tent City

Finding Tris

Ship Crash

Finding Four

 

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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