Brian Tyler is best known for blowing stuff up real good in such might-makes-right scores as THE EXPENDABLES, IRON MAN 3 and THOR: THE DARK WORLD. Easily one of his most deliriously bombastic entries in this action field was for D.J. Caruso’s action thriller EAGLE EYE, which makes their new collaboration on “Standing Up” all the more surprising and powerful. For this story of two decidedly non-testosterone kids who run away from bullying at their summer camp, Tyler and Caruso show that real strength lies from within. It’s a lesson that the composer spells out with one of his most beautifully inspirational, and moving themes.

Tyler beautifully varies this movingly melodic scoring with lush, soaring strings, lyrical guitars and poignant pianos, reserving his percussion for youthful hijinks that are anything but to its victims. STANDING UP is also equally affective as salute-worthy Americana. The fact that this film, and score are giving that respect to a spirit of friendship over taunting make this perhaps the most emotionally, and intimately devastating score in Brian Tyler’s cannon, showing that this composer could easily be walking away from confrontation at the same time he gloriously thunders into it.

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