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Basic
(2003)
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Co-Composed and Produced by:

Co-Composed and Arranged by:
Ramin Djawadi
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(Bootleg)
(2004)
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No official release exists for this score. It was leaked in bootleg form within a year of the film's debut.
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Buy it... only if you become entranced by serviceable and mechanical military thriller scores of a variety that Klaus Badelt and other Media Ventures graduates seem to have no problem churning out.

Avoid it... if you want any of your expectations to be surpassed by this bland, uneventful exercise in electronic textures and token ethnic accents.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,786
WRITTEN 12/28/09
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Basic: (Klaus Badelt) Director John McTiernan had many chances in the late 1990's and early 2000's to resurrect the stunning success with which he burst onto the scene in the late 1980's. After spoiling audiences with Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October, McTiernan killed his career with Last Action Hero, The 13th Warrior, and Rollerball. The final nail in the coffin proved to be Basic in 2003, a hopeless attempt to execute the ultimate in clever audience deception. A horrendous script stole significant inspiration from Courage Under Fire, investigating a military event in flashbacks from the perspective of incongruent participants. In this case, a group of Rangers training in Panama disappears, and somewhere in between the drug trade and corrupt officers, the unsavory truth lies. The most unsavory truth about Basic was the fact that it failed to return its estimated $50 million budget, likely the final reason McTiernan didn't debut another film during the remainder of the decade. Scathing reviews quickly pointed to the abysmal plot, one that tried so hard to manipulate the audience that it became either incredibly annoying or frustrating. The director had worked with several major composers over the course of his career, from Alan Silvestri and Jerry Goldsmith to Michael Kamen and Bill Conti. One aspect of these collaborations was that none of these composers proved to be McTiernan's go-to guy; by the final years, Graeme Revell, Eric Serra, and Klaus Badelt rounded out the group with often odd and disjointed efforts. Badelt was coming into his own in 2002 and 2003, finally making an earnest departure from the collaborations with Hans Zimmer that guided his career since arriving in Los Angeles from Germany five years earlier. During the early 2000's, before Badelt largely slipped out of mainstream view, the composer was involved with a series of mysteries and thrillers that in a few cases also involved militaristic themes. Unfortunately, many of these efforts were procedural and failed to really show the kind of potential that Badelt surprised listeners with in 2006 with The Promise. Clearly, Basic belongs in this substandard group, and if you found the composer's music for The Recruit to be uninspiring, then Basic won't impress much either.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:29
• 1. Main Title (1:32)
• 2. Basic (1:34)
• 3. Rangers (2:17)
• 4. Deception (2:41)
• 5. Two Truths (1:51)
• 6. Behind It (1:11)
• 7. DEA Agent (1:56)
• 8. Sgt. Nathan West (1:04)
• 9. Special Forces Trainees (1:09)
• 10. Hurricane in the Jungle (0:54)
• 11. Panama (1:27)
• 12. Survivors (0:50)
• 13. Dunbar and Kendall (2:31)
• 14. Capt. Julia Osborne (1:32)
• 15. Approach (1:28)
• 16. Reconiction (0:43)
• 17. Base Commander (0:35)
• 18. Fail (1:36)
• 19. Disapprove (1:20)
• 20. Under Suspicion (1:37)
• 21. Traffickers (1:19)
• 22. Hate (1:06)
• 23. Time Running Out (1:06)
• 24. Trace (0:45)
• 25. Confession Out (1:07)
• 26. Murdered (2:17)
• 27. Contradict (0:33)
• 28. Truce (2:20)
• 29. Story Unfolds (0:57)
• 30. Reveals (1:31)
• 31. The Fate of the Missing Rangers (1:07)
• 32. Tom Hardy Work (1:21)
• 33. The Truth (0:41)
• 34. Domain (1:35)
• 35. Introduction (3:44)
• 36. End (0:55)

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