Sometimes, films just stick with you. A lot of the time it’s a specific plot, or a cast member, or even a killer scene that is simply mesmerising.
This feature is inspired by those majestic scenes, but with more of a focus on soundtrack that gives the movie its finishing touch. This is episode number one of this feature, as we know there’s so much more to deliberate…
The three films we have chosen to showcase today are not only just seven years apart, but more interestingly, they are all from the science-fiction genre. Those particular films from that genre, nine times out of ten, always have those pivotal scenes whether it be action-based, or the more poignant end of an era sequence. Either way, the three below movies smashed it out of the, erm, spaceship?
S.T.A.Y (Hans Zimmer) – Interstellar (2014)
What a way to start this feature. Hans Zimmer is a music veteran, a genius and quite frankly, everywhere. His music adds a dash of elegance wherever he sprinkles his composer wand. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is no different. Throughout this two and a half hour-epic, we are treated to snippets of ‘S.T.A.Y’ as Nolan chooses to use this melody as the key musical backbone for when the emotional scenes arrive, whether they be tense or revealing.
It’s near the climax though where this beauty is best utilised. Zimmer’s S.T.A.Y’ just does something to us, literally staying in our minds long after the credits roll. It makes you think incredibly deeply. The ‘simple’ six minutes of strings and Hans’ wizardry is enough to take you to another world.
Surface Of The Sun (John Murphy) – Sunshine (2007)
John Murphy’s ‘Surface of the Sun’ track for Danny Boyle’s 2007 movie Sunshine starring Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans is stuff of delight. The piece of music is used twice in two dramatic scenes. The first outing is when Cappa (Cillian Murphy) is sent out of the space station to fix an engineering mishap, and the second time is for the powerful, climaxing scene.
Both sequences are fist-clenchingly tense, only to be dramatised even more with the help from this symphony. It’s perfect for a sci-fi flick and Danny Boyle deploys it wisely in the two breath-taking cinematic moments. Sit back and listen to the instrumental music and revel in its entirety…
Outro (M83) – Cloud Atlas (2012)
Is there a piece of music that captures everything you could ever want from it better than M83’s ‘Outro’? We think not! And we aren’t alone in thinking that as this track has been used so much in recent years too. However, it’s the appearance of ‘Outro’ in the 2012 film Cloud Atlas where it first left us thunderstruck in adoration. This is just a spectacular piece of sound, like M83 are making love to your ear drums.
When we marvelled at this film in the cinema, this track was 90% downloaded before we left the screening. It’s amazing at how powerful a piece of music could make a scene. Heck, Cloud Atlas’ trailer is anchored by it! It’s a dramatic, symphonic rock song which has evoked "heartbreak, nostalgia, anticipation, jubilation and triumph" according to Huffington Post and I couldn’t agree more. Anthony Gonzalez – we salute you.