Terminator Genisys - Lorne Balfe
What You Will Hear: Heavy, grinding, obnoxious, blaring brass and effects. Some tender moments on the piano.
Standout Tracks: Fate And Hope, Work Camp, Bus Ride, Sarah Kicks Ass, John Connor, I Am More, Sacrifice, Terminated
Will You Be Humming Along? You’ll enjoy the use of the original themes. There is also a three note repeated/rising motif (right at the start of the score).
The score this makes me want to dust off: Transformers – Steve Jablonsky
Will I come back to it? Probably. This is a great Terminator score. I say 'probably' only because I’m not really a Terminator fan. From the use of the original themes, to his new material, Balfe’s score kind of makes me want to see the movie (no matter what the reviews say). The action writing is fairly uneventful: mostly pounding ostinatos or some other forceful driving rhythms. It’s fairly standard stuff for the age of Zimmer. But, my favorite aspect of the music makes even those tracks worth the listen. My favorite part? The overall heaviness of this score; so appropriate for the genre. The pounding rhythmic opening to the main theme, the repeated “bwaaaaah” in the brass every time the bad dude shows up – it all adds to the unrelenting pursuit that most of these films center around. Even some of the synth gives a distinct 80’s feel in many of the slower moments. Lorne Balfe wrote a good score made great by living so well inside the pre-existing world. It’s all here. Terminator fans, rejoice.