Independence Day: Resurgence
Music Composed By: Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Sony Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Twenty years ago, aliens invaded Earth, killing over three billion people before a crack military pilot (Will Smith) and a scientist (Jeff Goldblum) infected the alien mothership with a computer virus that allowed the combined international military forces to defeat the aliens and drive them off our planet. In Independence Day: Resurgence, the aliens have returned with new technology bent on taking Earth once and for all, but the survivors of the first attack, along with the newly formed Earth Space Defense pilots and scientists aren't willing to give up the battle for their planet just yet. Independence Day: Resurgence stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Judd Hirsch, Jessie Usher and Vivica A. Fox.
The musical score of Independence Day: Resurgence was created by Austrian composers Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser. Thomas Wander began studying music at an early age. By 1992, he had moved to Los Angeles and began studying with Jerry Goldsmith and David Raskin at the University of Southern California. He began creating musical scores for film and television in 1994. Some notable works include the score of White House Down, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the televisions series), The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC and 2012. Harald Kloser is a composer, producer and script writer who began composing musical score for television and film in 1988. Notable works include the musical scores of The Thirteenth Floor, Sins of the Father, Dracula, RFK, The Day After Tomorrow, Alien vs. Predator, 10,000 BC, White House Down and 2012.
The score of the original Independence Day was created by British composer David Arnold and had a heroic flare to it, featuring horn fanfare, strings, woodwinds and percussion. The composers for Independence Day: Resurgence didn't stray to far from that format, using pieces from the ending tracks of the original film to form the basis of the new film's score and building upon that. The aliens are still described with low registry brass, but that's enhanced by electronic sound (It's A Trap). The heroes of the film still inspire horn fanfare (note the heroic horns and percussion found in Great Speech and Welcome to the Moon). Action sequences are dramatic and fast-paced. In addition to the score, there are a couple of songs worth noting - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Annie Trousseau and Electric U by Kid Bloom.
All in all, though the film may have been a disappointment in the box office, the Independence Day: Resurgence Soundtrack was quite an enjoyable listen and I, for one, recommend it to ID4 fans out there. If you can't enjoy the film, at least you can enjoy the music created for it.