Watertower Music/Amazon On Demand
25 Tracks/Disc Time: 58:21
In a summer full of disappointments and major blockbuster bombs, "Pacific Rim" was fresh air and no thanks to the lively direction of Guillermo Del Toro, who had left the "The Hobbit" to helm this big budget monster movie. The film performed admirely at the box office considering that it was up against Warner Bros. own mega blockbuster, "Man Of Steel" and other fare such as "Monsters University", "Star Trek Into Darkness" and a few others. The film revolves around monstrous creatures known as Kaiju, who started rising from the sea and then a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. However, even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless creatures. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes: a washed up former pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam, "Sons of Anarchy") and an untested trainee Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past as they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. The film also co-stars Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"), Idris Elba ("The Wire") and Gulliermo Del Toro regular, Ron Pearlman ("Hellboy").
After a long and successful collaboration with composer Marco Beltrami ("Mimic", "Blade 2", "Hellboy") and working with other terrific composers such as Javier Navarette ("Pan's Labyrinth", "The Devil's Backbone") and Danny Elfman ("Hellboy 2: The Golden Army"), Del Toro turned to a hot and exciting musical voice adding to the success of two memorable series in "Person of Interest" and HBO's magnificent, "Game Of Thrones". That musical voice would be that of Ramin Djawadi, whose musical resume has really shot up in last decade with solid scores to the remake of "Fright Night" (which I surprisingly liked alot), "Red Dawn" and another terrific action score in "Safe House" along with his solid work on the now defunct Fox/A&E series, "Breakout Kings".
The score to "Pacific Rim" is a power house affair with a cool rhythmic guitars and a huge orchestrial backing to it as evidenced by the album's opening track "Pacific Rim" which is also the score's main rocking main theme. There is plenty of power action here to savor that include tracks such as "2500 Tons Of Awesome", "To Fight Monsters, We Created Monsters", "We Are The Resistance", "Striker Eureka", "Go Big Or Go Extinct" and "Category 5". "Category 5" also utilizes a cool choir mixed with a powerhouse orchestrial sound that most will get a kick off along with the other tracks highlighted here.Djawadi also provides some nice melodic moments that are quite memorable that include the soothing vocalize of "Mako", the hip, cool funk of "Call Me Newt", "Cancelling The Apocalypse" featuring a cool guitar solo and the cool electronics of "Physical Compatability". These tracks add an air of breathing room to the testostrone laden tracks which also gives the album a good balance and especially because the album is not in film order so that makes it all that much listenable.
Watertower Music's album is solid piece of work and probably the most surprisingly entertaining albums and score of this disappointing summer that didn't really offer memorable scores as in years' past. Djawadi's writing has really grown from his early days with Oscar winner Hans Zimmer and has certainly become a stand out voice in film music today. Had this film been a major league hit, Djawadi certainly would've been the major benificiary of this and would've shot up the composer ranks without question. Unfortunately, the film underperformed here, but now doubt will be a great seller on Blu-Ray and DVD once it's released on October 15th and especially for those who missed it. "Pacific Rim" is another solid entry in the resume of Ramin Djawadi, who's solid and impressive work of late continues to shine loudly more and more with each project he tackles. Thumbs up with nice affection for this very solid album.