It’s sort of a cheat for electronic artists to be on this list, especially those working in the dance sector who were already writing funky scores to movies that didn’t yet exist. But the music for Tron: Legacy is simultaneously integral to the on-screen action and so much better than said action that it’s impossible not to acknowledge the mysterious French duo.
Hanna is a perfectly reasonable action movie, but its middle-of-the-roadness is elevated by the fiercely kinetic score constructed by Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands. It’s breathless and intense — more action-packed than the film itself.
Laugh all you want, but the English New Wavers’ best album happens to be To Live and Die in L.A., the batch of original music constructed for director William Friedkin’s 1985 cop thriller of the same name.
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