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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
(2014)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Andrea Datzman
Marshall Bowen
Jeff Kryka
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(July 22nd, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a dedicated Michael Giacchino collector enthused by the opportunity to hear him merge his music for "Lost," Super 8, and Land of the Lost into a conservatively predictable formula for this franchise.

Avoid it... if you expect continuity with Patrick Doyle's superior, preceding score or an engaging presence of suspense, this work's subtle and sparse introspection making its solemn thematic highlights seem better than they actually are.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,227
WRITTEN 9/6/14
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: (Michael Giacchino) After the dissatisfying disintegration of the quality of the franchise that followed Planet of the Apes in the 1960's and mostly 1970's, as well as Tim Burton's flawed 2001 re-envisioning, the success of the concept's resurrection in the 2010's is highly redemptive. These alternate takes on the events that happened long before the original, classic Charlton Heston entry in the timeline are a treat to audiences and have been appropriately assigned significant critical and box office success, ensuring further sequels. The story of 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up ten years after the conclusion of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (wouldn't these titles have been best reversed?) and depicts the struggles in the interactions not only between surviving human populations after the plague released in the prior film and the apes that gained intelligence because of it, but within their own civilizations trying to coexist in the San Francisco Bay Area. As is always best in this franchise, conflict within these human and ape communities allows for the social commentary originally intended in this concept to thrive, and the winner of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes really is meant to be nobody. Even with audiences knowing that outcome, the execution of suspense and battle is the film's selling point, the concentration of the next new director to take the franchise. When Matt Reeves took the helm of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in with him came his preferred crew, yielding yet another change in the composer for the series. With his J.J. Abrams connection from the television realm came the logical collaboration with Michael Giacchino, who provided music for his Cloverfield and Let Me In projects. The franchise has evolved astonishingly from the highly textural, minimally rendered style of Jerry Goldsmith, modern counterparts in Danny Elfman, Patrick Doyle, and Giacchino all struggling to balance that arguably now untenable sound with the musical mannerisms expected by studios and audiences. One common thread running through these scores is a reliance upon rhythmic, primordial-sounding percussive elements, balanced by occasional glimpses of either accessible fantasy awe or deeper hints of tonal, thematic representations for character.



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244 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.87 Stars
***** 37 5 Stars
**** 46 4 Stars
*** 55 3 Stars
** 61 2 Stars
* 45 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 77:38
• 1. Level Plaguing Field (2:21)
• 2. Look Who's Stalking (2:35)
• 3. The Great Ape Processional (4:34)
• 4. Past Their Primates (1:57)
• 5. Close Encounters of the Furred Kind (4:38)
• 6. Monkey to the City (1:16)
• 7. The Lost City of Chimpanzee (3:46)
• 8. Along Simian Lines (5:04)
• 9. Caesar No Evil, Hear No Evil (2:27)
• 10. Monkey See, Monkey Coup (5:12)
• 11. Gorilla Warfare (7:37)
• 12. The Apes of Wrath (4:28)
• 13. Gibbon Take (2:55)
• 14. Aped Crusaders (3:26)
• 15. How Bonobo Can You Go (5:42)
• 16. Enough Monkeying Around (3:35)
• 17. Primates For Life (5:42)
• 18. Planet of the End Credits (8:56)
• 19. Ain't That a Stinger - composed by Griffith Giacchino (1:10)

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The insert includes a list of performers and notes from the composer and director, the latter of more substance about the score.
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