STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - Michael Giacchino
A closer inspection of Giacchino's new score solidifies the general impression of it in the movie: like Abrams' movie, it has a certain flair for the BIG moments but is disappointingly shallow in connecting all the dots. Giacchino has proven that he's adept at solid orchestral writing so his dependence on very simple (and very tiring) rhythmic devices comes as a surprise for such a kinetic venture. The theme from 2009 is proudly paraded around without doing anything that it didn't do the last time, only Spock's theme gets some serious workout in a fight sequence and the new thematic material tends to be so mousy that your enjoyment largely depends on how you like the themes from the first film. Obvious deviations from the established orchestral formula are LONDON CALLING and KRONOS WARTET, one which satisfies itself with doing an uninspired Philip Glass impersonation, the other giving us a war cry similar to countless video games and last year's DARK KNIGHT RISES (it's symptomatic that the track titles are far more inspired than the actual music).
So while it's far from being a disgrace within current blockbuster parameters it seems to lack anything that rises above dutiful and a bit joyless handiwork.