Soundtrack Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composer: Patrick Doyle
Running Time: 60 min.
Released: 2011




I don’t know how I missed this one last year, but I did. And I regret that I did. Patrick Doyle’s musical contribution the the latest installment of the Apes franchise is absolutely stunning – indeed, I think it’s arguably his best work so far. While there are a number of quiet and truly lovely pieces, the score shines most brilliantly during it’s action-driven moments. Doyle avoids the generic head-banging that often comprises such work; instead, he relies on melody, giving the action a sense of purpose amid the chaos. As a result, his cues are consistently impressive, full of suspense, emotion, and creative flair.

The introductory piece, The Beginning, explodes out of a quiet jungle montage into full-fledged action awesomeness. Who Am I?, on the other hand, is tranquil, coinciding with one of the film’s more tender moments. Caesar’s Stand and Gyn-Sys Freedom are simmering with intensity, but the next three tracks cast all restraint aside: Zoo Breakout, Golden Gate Bridge, and The Apes Attack represent the climax of the album, a veritable powerhouse of orchestral action scoring marked by chugging strings, energetic percussion, and glorious horns. (It’s kind of hard not to revel in it all.) Bringing things to a close is Caesar’s Home, delivering a conclusion that is both bittersweet and immensely satisfying.

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10 thoughts on “Soundtrack Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

    1. I use to review them pretty frequently, but I’ve slacked off recently. Now, they appear once a month or thereabouts. :) I haven’t really been a fan of most of Doyle’s recent work, but this score is terrific. I’m sure you’d enjoy it. Another great one by Doyle is Henry V, where he structures his music around the hymn “Gloria Patri” – it’s pretty sweet. :)

    1. I haven’t listened to the Sense and Sensibility soundtrack, but Henry V is terrific. Since Doyle is already one of your favorites, I have little doubt you’d like this score. :)

    1. Yes, I watched the movie last week. Best film in the franchise so far, IMHO. :) Andy Serkis did an amazing job as Caesar, and the confrontation on the Golden Gate Bridge was spectacular.

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