Many people raise their voices in anger every time it is announced that Hans Zimmer
will score an action film. "Oh no, not another Media Ventures action score, with annoying synths all over the place" is some of the nicer comments by these people one might find on the Internet. So, when it became known that Hans Zimmer
would provide the music for the second Mission: Impossible
film, directed by John Woo, the film music world was, as usually, divided into two parts. Some were convinced that the world were coming to an end and the rest of us started to look forward to yet another score in the veins of the composers' music for The Rock, Crimson Tide
and The Peacemaker
. Probably nothing we hadn't heard before, but hopefully quite good. But instead, Hans Zimmer
surprised us all with a score that bare no resemblance whatsoever to his past scores in the genre.
The score for Mission: Impossible
2 can basically be divided into two different styles. First of all - and this is my favorite - there's the latino influenced music, with beautiful acoustic guitar solos performed by Heitor Pereira
. Cues like "Seville" and "Nyah and Ethan" offer music that resembles Zimmer's latino sounding score for The Road to El Dorado
(which also featured guitar solos by Pereira). Very enjoyable and beautiful, if one likes that kind of music.
The other part is actually downright horrible, with really loud, obnoxious rock music. No orchestra, annoying electric guitars and even more annoying electric guitars make these cues nearly unlistenable. I don't really understand how anyone can appreciate such "music". Sure, it may work in the film. But on CD? Nope. Further, the classic Mission: Impossible
theme has been completely mutilated, and had Lalo Schifrin
been dead, he would probably have been spinning like a jo-jo in his grave... But what's even more annoying is the song, "Iko-Iko", performed by Zap Mama, that can be found in the second track. Avoid it at all cost.
But skip the bad parts and you have a rather beautiful, acoustic score, which also includes portions performed by Lisa Gerrard
that are very reminiscent of her work on the score for Gladiator. Also very memorable is a dramatic choir piece, which, without doubt, many will regard as yet another Carmina Burana rip-off...
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