A Sound Of Thunder Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score A Sound Of Thunder by Nick Glennie-Smith.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 81
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 19.75
Album Excellence: 32%
A Sound Of Thunder is a 2005 science fiction thriller directed by Peter Hyams and starring Edward Burns, Catherine McCormack and Ben Kingsley. 2055, Charles Hatton has made a fortune by founding ‘Time safari’, which offers rich ‘big game hunters’ short time travels to kill off dinosaurs just before their natural death. When Travis notices the weather and wildlife are not behaving as usual, he consults Dr. Rand, the contractually invisible inventor of the supercomputer which controls the time travel. They soon face ‘time waves’, each worsening the effects in 2055 of evolutionary distortions, lower lifeforms first. They attempt to identify and rectify the past alteration, but each attempt gets harder in their distorted present. The score is composed by Nick Glennie-Smith.
The score opens with ‘Main Title’ a dark but heroic opening, quite ominous sounding and there’s even a shakuhachi in there. The music is intense and particularly from the middle and to the end with increasing pitch as it goes into it’s finale. It’s a very nice opening track. Works well for a sci-fi. ‘Time Safari Inc.’ is up next and it’s a short and tense affair, but no real development. With ‘Ancestor’ it’s getting a bit interesting. The sound takes me back to the 90s where Glennie-Smith had a nice little action period along with Hans Zimmer. ‘Rules – Time Jump’ is continuing with the 90s action, and it’s great, but it’s still not “clicking” with me completely. Even though it might not “click” with me completely, I am really enjoying it. It’s like a blast to the past. ‘Morning News – Eruption’ is booming, bombastic and hectic. A lot of fun.
All this music reminding me of the past makes me want to re-visit the past like the glorious The Rock which has to be Glennie-smith’s golden moment, a score he created with Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams and a few others. This score doesn’t get close to that, but is like a watered-down version of it without the power of themes and strength in the action cues. I think the excitement levels are turned a bit too low. Cues like ‘Middleton – Butterfly’ and ‘Tami’s Hard Drive’ are heavy sounding, but it feels more like a tease that never ends. I’m wondering when the real music will start, thew all-action heart pounding action that isn’t just action for action’s sake, but is built around a powerful thematic foundation. It’s just not here. What is here though are the elements of a great 90s action RCP score. Shame there isn’t much more than that. ‘End Titles B – End Roller Suite’ however has a real definable theme mixed with action music. This is much more like I was hoping the whole score would be.
1. Main Title
5. Rules – Time Jump
8. Morning News – Eruption
19. End Title B – End Roller Suite