Musical Score By: John Ottman
Distributed by: Sony Classical
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In X-Men Apocalypse, sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, we meet an ancient and powerful mutant known as En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac). Once ruler of ancient Egypt, transferring his mind into new bodies, En Sabah Nur is betrayed by his worshippers and entombed alive. In 1983, ten years after the events of Days of Future Past, CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) accidentally exposes this tomb to sunlight, releasing En Sabah Nur who, looking upon his realm as being ruled by the weak, decides to destroy and remake it. It is up to the X-Men to stop En Sabah Nur, now known as Apocalypse, and his mutant followers.
The musical score of X-Men: Apocalypse was composed by American composer John Ottman. One of Ottman's first assignments after graduating from the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California in 1988 was to create original music for the video game I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. Since then, Ottman has created a number of musical scores for film, including The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, Superman Returns, Jack the Giant Slayer, Gothika and Orphan. John Ottman is no stranger to the X-Men movie franchise having created the musical score for X2: X-Men United and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The X-Men: Apocalypse score is mainly orchestral. The beginning tracks feature our introduction to En Sabah Nur and his larger than life, God-like self. The music in these tracks (Apocalypse, The Transference, Pyramid Collapse) features dark horns, heavy percussion and an awe-inspiring choir. The Pyramid Collapse leads into our main X-Men heroic theme which makes an appearance once or twice in the soundtrack. A large part of the film is Eric's (AKA: Magneto) attempt and failure at having a normal life. The destruction of that life (Shattered Life) is incredibly dramatic and the music perfectly interprets Eric's loss. But, of course, this wouldn't be an X-Men film without action and the action sequences feature heavy percussion, very past paced-strings and heroic horns with lower registry horns representing the villain.
The X-Men: Apocalypse Soundtrack tells the story of the film perfectly, making it a perfect stand alone album for fans of John Ottman's work and a great soundtrack for fans of X-Men films. John Ottman did an excellent job with this score and the X-Men: Apocalypse Soundtrack is well-worth the listen.