One of the best things about Joseph Kosinski’s directorial debut, Tron: Legacy, was techno-pop duo Daft Punk’s score. Whether the film was good or not can be debated, but you have to admit, Daft Punk added a texture and tone to an otherwise soulless film. Kosinski’s follow-up film Oblivion has followed suit at least the film’s score, going with another ambient synth pop collective, M83 (mainly one half of the duo, Anthony Gonzalez). We’ll find out if Oblivion is worth watching in a few weeks, but in the meantime the film’s entire score is currently streaming online for free.
The score’s track names don’t seem spoiler heavy to me, but please listen and read with caution. The score is a bit on the melancholy side, with a clear tone and texture that may complete the film’s content. In short, it’s pretty good! Since Kosinski has a penchant for electronic music, perhaps his next film will feature music by Orbital or The Prodigy.
Everything we’ve seen from Oblivion, from the Sky Tower to its Bubble Ship, looks great. The only concern is the film’s narrative. Will it be as spectacular as its visuals, score, and design? Kosinski pulled the same thing with Tron: Legacy, and by all accounts the film was a cinematic dud.
Oblivion is set in the distant future and follows the events after a brutal war with invading aliens. Humanity has fled dying planet, and the only man left on Earth is Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a lonely drone mechanic stationed above the clouds in a giant Sky Tower. Jack’s life takes a turn for the dramatic when he saves the life of a beautiful woman named Julia (Olga Kurylenko), who holds the key to Jack’s existence and past.
Oblivion will hit theaters everywhere on April 19th, in IMAX.
Take a listen to Daft Punk’s score for Tron: Legacy below because, well, it’s pretty amazing too.