It's the End of the World As We Know It Because Aliens Destroyed It
Ever since Independence Day, I've kind of had a thing for movies where
aliens destroy major cities. Unfortunately for me, these types of film don't come
around that often. So when I heard about Battle: LA, my hopes were
raised. When I saw the trailer, my hopes were raised even higher. Now,
if the movie could live up to its excellent soundtrack, then we might
have something here.
Battle Los Angeles Main Titles
Battle Los Angeles
We Are Still Here
Composer Brian Tyler never really caught my eye before simply because
most of the work he did was unmemorable produced for studio schlock.
With this soundtrack however, I feel that Tyler is a revelation here,
showing that he has real talent. He comes out of the Hans Zimmer
school, but here it's just an influence and Tyler verges on several
other paths so he doesn't feel derivative. This sense of originality
kind of sets him apart from several other composers already, since he
breathes life in what could have been a tired work.
Tyler conveys all of the tones of the movie very well in the work, as
it verges from the epic, to the standard military glory pieces we've
seen in years past, to downtrodden, to sad, to yes, even a bit alien.
It all works well, and Tyler composes it all effortlessly to the point
where I already felt like I was in the movie. Another hard feat he
manages to pull of is that even though the album is over in hour in
length, I never found myself board listening to it, although I did feel
a bit lulled at a few of the slower more emotional pieces towards the
middle. Still, tracks like "Redemption," even though they stretch 8 minutes
in length, never wear out their welcome.
The only criticisms I would lobby against this score is that it doesn't
sound epic enough. It also feels like it's close to creating a theme for
itself at times, but it never fully completes the idea, although I'm
sure some would see the idea of a theme for the movie a tad
Overall, with this score I feel like Brian Tyler is sort of a
revelation in the world of composing. This is a solid score worthy of
some of today's greats. It makes me exited for the film, since I
haven't watched it at the time of writing this review. This score could
have come off very bland and derivative, but it shines through with its
own ideas and the result is a solid listen for soundtrack fans.