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Into The Storm by Brian Tyler (Review)

posted Aug 12, 2014, 6:35 PM by Kaya Savas

Brian Tyler continues to prove he’s a busy guy with 3 films all coming out this summer. Into The Storm is one of them, and is probably the one that you’d expect to be the most conventional score. Now, no one is assuming that a tornado movie where none of the main actors have been used in advertising is going to be a deep thoughtful experience. This is your standard CGI heavy destruction movie where the people don’t matter. Tyler approached this score a bit differently, and instead of trying to develop characters or craft arcs he went with a more conceptual route. The end result is a rather satisfying score that stands supremely on its own. It’s melodic, builds action, is broadly epic and reminds me of some of the scores I grew up with in the 90’s. This is an empty calorie score done in full orchestral fashion. 

Tyler described his approach as conceptual. He wanted to evoke the idea of a lion hunting in the savanna, which would sort of paint the picture of how a brooding tornado suddenly strikes out of nowhere. He also focused on the fragility of humanity, but honestly in a film like this it was going to be a hard sell to make that work. The emotional stuff unfortunately doesn’t work and it feels a bit disjointed and forceful. The brooding action stuff does work though, and it makes the score what it is. I found myself re-listening to certain moments as those action builds sort of rose to the top and isolated themselves. The whole score barely works as a narrative, and given the fact that it was a conceptual score I suppose that’s expected. The way the action builds and moves did remind me a lot of 90’s action scoring. I also found some parts that reminded me of Zimmer’s The Thin Red Line as well as M83’s & Joseph Trapanese’s recent Oblivion score. The action does swell to some really wonderful moments, but again each track doesn’t feel like a part of a score and is instead more standalone. Tyler does spread some motif’s across the score which does make it whole even if it’s a disjointed whole.

If you love Tyler’s action writing and his ability to add scope with the orchestra then Into The Storm is an enjoyable diversion. It doesn’t have any depth or resonance beyond what you experience in the moment, but for a score that’s meant to play behind CGI tornados blowing stuff up it gets the job done. The score is worth sifting through to find your favorite tracks because the tracks do stand on their own better than they do as a cohesive narrative. Into The Storm will give you some old fashioned action worth listening to, but don’t expect much else from it.