Cloud Atlas Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Cloud Atlas by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil and Tom Tykwer.
“It is just as good as I expected it to be.”
Cloud Atlas is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. It’s directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant. The score is composed by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil and Tom Tykwer.
|1. Prelude – The Atlas March||80|
|2. Cloud Atlas Opening Title||80|
|3. Travel To Edinburgh||80|
|4. Luisa’s Birthmark||60|
|5. Cavendish In Distress||100|
|6. Papa Song||60|
|7. Sloosha’s Hollow||80|
|8. Sonmi-451 Meets Change||80|
|9. Won’t Let Go||100|
|11. The Escape||100|
|12. Temple Of Sacrifice||80|
|15. New Direction||80|
|16. All Boundaries Are Conventions||100|
|17. The Message||80|
|18. Chasing Luisa Rey||80|
|19. Sonmi’s Discovery||60|
|20. Death Is Only A Door||100|
|21. Cloud Atlas Finale||100|
|22. The Cloud Atlas Sextet For Orchestra||80|
|23. Cloud Atlas End Title||100|
Cloud Atlas is epic, well the trailer is. The film? It depends on your definition of it of course. The score however is epic at times, but it’s not its epic-ness I like about this score, but there are other far more interesting factors. The trio Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil and Tom Tykwer is doing something a little different than I have heard from them before, which is a good thing in my opinion.
The score feels fresh, it’s not something I could listen to and immediately recognise that I have heard before with a couple of exceptions like the main theme. ‘Cavendish In Distress’ for example is a great cue, but it sounds like one of Danny Elfman’s Pee Wee scores. There are other cues which I enjoy for other things such as ‘Won’t Let Go’ that feels epic at times. It’s a very fast-paced cue, but it never goes off the rails. The main theme heard in ‘Prelude – The Atlas March’ is good, and I’m glad they got to expand on it to create a wonderful cue in ‘All Boundaries Are Conventions’ and also ‘Cloud Atlas End Title’.
Does Cloud Atlas, the film score, fail like the film itself? In my opinion, no it doesn’t. It is just as good as I expected it to be. It surprised me a little bit having heard a lot of scores from Klimek, Heil and Tykwer, but in a good way. Other than that I am happy with what I have heard here.
GEEK SCORE: 82.6