Soundtrack (Film)
Pacific Rim


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
July 16th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist


Just after releasing the soundtrack that vividly brought to life the third season of the epic medieval fantasy world of dragons and magic that is Game of Thrones, Ramin Djawadi’s latest collection of compositions score a film in the completely opposite realm of futuristic sci-fi, Pacific Rim, in which humanity’s survival depends on the forces of enormous mecha “Jaegers” built to defeat the giant monsters, “Kaiju.” Having previously composed the score for the first Iron Man, Djawadi has had prior experience in creating themes for technologically advanced robot battle suits, and much like the Iron Man soundtrack, Pacific Rim’s score is very guitar-driven and fittingly for Pacific Rim, opts for a tone that’s just plain fun and kickass while remaining thrilling. There aren’t too many action films anymore whose soundtracks are concerned with trying anything else but being gripping and grim at an overtly constant rate, but Djawadi makes the right move of not taking it too seriously with the musical cues he constructs. There’s moments of captivating tension here as any film with action sequences should have, but those moments feel all the more intense since there’s a concise supply of them.

Tom Morello also works with Djawadi for the first time since Iron Man’s soundtrack and just as he did with that score, brings his signature brand of riffing funk swagger to enhance the guitar assault on a good share of cuts, though with the difference this time around being that this music is on a much more grandiose scale than Iron Man was. That grand-scale feeling makes for very expansive music that has plenty of room to fit massive battles between mecha and Kaiju, and Djawadi makes sure to fill that space with a plentiful arsenal of styles such as industrial, orchestral, and heavy metal. Glitching synthesizers pound and echo as guitar riffs pummel like the hulking masses of machinery in the film, but among the soundtrack’s 25 tracks there’s just as much urgency as there is confidence and triumph. There’s even some brief cues of quirkiness and traces of despair and defeat. To say the least, Djawadi made sure to cover all bases here in terms of mood and emotions, and even without Morello’s assistance on the guitar fronts he proves to be perfectly capable of banging out grooving rhythms with plenty of attitude and drive.

Pacific Rim’s music is as enjoyable as the film for many of the same reasons. Its biggest concern is being awesome on a scale of awe, and sporting just as much style as substance. It’s the first action movie score in a while to primarily and proudly boast themes that electrify without feeling the need to brood, and one can only hope that other composers will follow suit.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2013


50850 Comments


sweet

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breakingthefragile
July 16th 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review after a month long break, so I might be a little rusty. I want this review to signify the start of something new I've been wanting to attempt for a while. From this point on I'm going to try exclusively reviewing new soundtrack album releases for films, TV shows, video games, Broadway productions, anything in the genre because I think it's heavily overlooked and it's usually damn good music.

So yeah, feedback is welcome as always. Cheers!

amemento
July 16th 2013


1425 Comments


got soundtrack is really good hope this is too

tommygun
July 16th 2013


25094 Comments


swee movie

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2013


10354 Comments


Fantastic work, Alex. I've been told I need to see this, but I'm afraid it may be too action-movie-esque for me.

tommygun
July 16th 2013


25094 Comments


it rules see it anyway

Calc
July 16th 2013


12293 Comments


you were already the only person on the site reviewing country and mainstream releases now you're gonna be the only one reviewing soundtracks on the reg.

such a pioneer

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2013


28770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've been told I need to see this, but I'm afraid it may be too action-movie-esque for me.


are you a real person lol

wabbit
July 16th 2013


7020 Comments


lol

Jash
July 16th 2013


4244 Comments


"to enhance the guitar assault"

"guitar assault"

"assault"

"ass"

Toondude10
July 16th 2013


4305 Comments


My GOD I want to see this sooooooooo badly!

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MMX
July 16th 2013


4838 Comments


Go see it now, great movie

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bloc
July 16th 2013


34992 Comments


Pretty impressive movie. I wasn't expecting it to be so good.

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Acanthus
July 16th 2013


9543 Comments


Soundtrack didn't stick out that much to me during the film, not sure if that was due to it doing its job or being lackluster.

Need to check this out and give it a proper listen.

Jash
July 17th 2013


4244 Comments


Same with me, I can't remember any music but a couple of the orchestra pieces

Toondude10
July 17th 2013


4305 Comments


Man that was a fucking amazing movie, even if it was one big cliche.

scissorlocked
July 20th 2013


3511 Comments


movie must be pretty good

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Necrotica
October 12th 2013


10062 Comments


I edited this review :D

Toondude10
October 14th 2013


4305 Comments


Comes out tomorrow! :D

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2014


28770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've been told I need to see this, but I'm afraid it may be too action-movie-esque for me.




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