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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Soundtrack

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Music by Academy Award® Winner Michael Giacchino
Starring Oscar® Nominee Gary Oldman, Golden Globe® Winner Keri Russell and Golden Globe® Nominee Andy Serkis

About the Movie
In the latest installment of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" stars Academy Award® nominee Gary Oldman ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Harry Potter," "Dark Knight"), Keri Russell ("Felicity," "The Americans") and Andy Serkis ("The Lord of the Rings," "The Hobbit") and opens in theaters nationwide on July 11, 2014.

About the Music
Michael Giacchino has composed scores for movies, television series and video games. Some of his most notable works include the scores to television series such as "Lost," "Alias" and "Fringe," games such as the "Medal of Honor" and "Call of Duty," and films such as "Mission: Impossible III," "The Incredibles," "Star Trek," "Star Trek into Darkness," "Cloverfield," "Ratatouille," "Super 8," "Cars 2" and "Up," for which he won an Academy Award®. Along with his Oscar® win, Giacchino has received numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy®, multiple Grammys®, and a Golden Globe® Award.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: July 29, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • ASIN: B00KDUB42A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Danny TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 30, 2014
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I've been a fan of Michael Giacchino since his video game scoring days. The first score to grab me was Medal of Honor - Underground. Some of my most listened to soundtracks are his and I consider him one of the best "emotionally thematic track guys" out there. Every film score composer has a distinctive sound or characteristic about them that stands out and I think that one of Giacchino's strengths lie in his ability to create a simple melody or a particular track that just really nails it for the film. Who can ever forget "Married Life" from the movie "UP" (which I consider to be one of the best musically animated pieces ever created), "Labor of Love" from Star Trek, "First Date Jitters" from "Let Me In"....and his compositions for movies like "Super 8", "John Carter", and "Ratatouille"?

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is a perfect fit for someone with Giacchino's skills. It's a science fiction movie that stays true to the others in the series before it. A deeper message is there and Giacchino's score musically resonates this theme to the very souls of the viewers. I was fortunate to see the movie before getting the soundtrack (rare for me) and experienced first hand how powerful his music works for the film. A score can make or break a movie and directors know this. According to the liner notes found in the CD, Matt Reeves (director) wanted Giacchino to score the movie because he knew that both of them had shared a passion for these movies since they were kids. Their passion really shines because this movie has to be one of the best science fiction films in a long time. Story and score work hand in hand to create a wonderful experience for any film goer.
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The "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" score does exactly what it needs to do - there are some memorable themes, as well as a sense of foreboding and rising tension through a lot of the music.

I enjoyed Patrick Doyle's music for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", however I would say that composer Michael Giacchino's score for "Dawn" is an improvement and contains a bit more emotion. Giacchino is a favorite of mine (particularly for "Lost" and "Super 8") - this score doesn't reach the heights of his very best work; but it's great nonetheless and I'm happy to add it to my collection of music.

Giacchino really does a good job blending classic elements of the score with the more tribal/percussive sounds. I think what he has managed to do here is honor the legacy of Jerry Goldsmith and the original "Planet of the Apes" scores. His music sometimes sounds reminiscent of those previous soundtracks, while at the same time adding a fresh perspective on the music. I liked listening to this album very much and look forward to listening to it in context during the movie.

Any fan of Giacchino knows he goes crazy with the puns - this album has so many good ones: "Past Their Primates", "The Apes of Wrath", and "How Bonobo Can You Go". Rather than spoil the plot like so many other soundtrack titles do, Giachhino instead titles his cues in a clever and fun way that also doesn't give too much away about the movie.

FAVORITE TRACKS
[3] The Great Ape Processional
[11] Gorilla Warfare
[17] Primates for Life
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Michael Giacchino is without a doubt one of the best and most talented storytellers in film. I discovered his music at 11-years old while playing my Playstation with a new WWII shooter that came out called Medal Of Honor. Ever since then I’ve been following his music and watching him grow into the iconic composer he is today. All of his scores are special because his method is to translate his initial emotional reaction to what’s on screen into music. And since his emotional reaction is so spot on, we usually are feeling the exact same thing, which means the music is amplifying our emotional response instead of telling us what to feel. Giacchino is a composer who is able to bring tears and spine tingles more so than any other composer working today. His voice as an auteur is also completely without compromise as he manages to work with directors who are close friends of his. All of Giacchino’s scores are special, but with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes we get a truly inspired score. One could argue that his recent scores to Star Trek and John Carter worked in broader strokes. Here we have a score that works with much smaller strokes, and builds an emotional narrative comparable to LOST, Let Me In and Super 8.

While this film is a sequel to the great Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, it completely tosses out any reference to that film stylistically. It leaves Rupert Wyatt’s direction and Patrick Doyle’s wonderful score alone to really craft a continuation with a different voice. While Giacchino’s style is bleeding from every ounce of this score, I could maybe pickup some little nods stylistically to Jerry Goldmsith’s original Planet Of The Apes score in small areas.
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