Tears Of The Sun Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Tears Of The Sun by Hans Zimmer.
At a glance:
47 minutes of score
Geek Score: 86
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 21.98
Album Excellence: 47%
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Tears Of The Sun is an action movie from 2003 where a Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too. The movie is directed by Antoine Fuqua and the music is composed by Hans Zimmer. This review is part of Composer Of The Month. I’ve always enjoyed the scores by Zimmer where he use a lot of ethnic instruments and also vocal performances. It sounds a lot more authentic and I think that’s adds to the fun value of the score.
The authentic sound is present, but it lacks a great theme. Nothing about this music stands out except the ethnic instruments/vocals and that’s only part of the score, it’s identity. Authenticity only last so far and I wish for a gorgeous theme to accompany the exciting music. One of the best cues ‘Yekelen Part I – Mia’s Lullaby’ is not even composed by Zimmer, but Heitor Pereira, Steve Jablonsky, Lisa Gerard & Lebo M. Another great cue is the cue cheekily called ‘The Jablonsky Variations On A Theme by HZ / Cameroon Border Post’ which is what it says, Jablonsky arranging a Hans Zimmer theme and it’s done better than the man himself.
Other than the lack of a powerful theme, this is a very good score.
1. Yekelen Part I – Mia’s Lullaby
6. Kopano, Pt. 2
9. The Jabonsky Variations On A Theme by HZ / Cameroon Border Post
10. The Journey / Kopano Pt. 3