(The following donated review by Sean O'Neill was moved by Filmtracks to this comment section in January, 2007)
Hard Rain: (Christopher Young) You know this is becoming a habit...
buying scores for films I haven't even seen. Hard Rain is one of
those films I'll probably see on video. I'm not really familiar with Chris
Young's work, although I do remember his score for Species, which
is really cool. I have no problem with the action music on the CD, but I
do kind of have a problem with listening to so much action bang! bang!
bang! stuff (it's one hit after another, with no breathers).
Young's music unfortunantly sounds much like the music the producers
temp-tracked the film with. I was sitting there listening to the CD on
track three and noticed a passage from James Horner's Aliens score:
"The Jail Cell (Part 1)" at exactly 2:55 to 3:15, if you own the Aliens
CD, is on track four "Ripley's Rescue" at 1:56 to 2:31. And there's some music
from Michael Kamen's score for Die Hard on track two "The Jet Ski Chase (Part 1)",
at 2:33 to 2:46. Also, there's some music from The Untouchables.
Okay, enough with the temp track stuff and back to business. Young makes
good use of the harmonica, using it probably to show that Morgan Freeman
and his band of crooks are at large. I think this is also the kind of
move Ennio Morricone did with The Untouchables and Hans Zimmer with
Broken Arrow --except Zimmer used a guitar. The opening main title
track for Hard Rain is really cool, with a neat theme that begins
to build, but is abandoned by Young, unfortunantly. My second favorite to
the first and second is track #5, "The Jail Cell(Part 2)", which was on
one of the "B" trailers for the film.
So I have no problem with the music --it's just there's one action
sequence after another. I would also recommened listening to Zimmer's
score for Broken Arrow; it's got really good action music like
Hard Rain. Overall, Hard Rain is a good buy. ***