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Face/Off
(1997)
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Composed by:
John Powell
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Suzette Moriarty
Ladd McIntosh
Lucas Richman
Walt Fowler
Steve Fowler

Conducted by:
Lucas Richman

Produced by:
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(July 1st, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you enjoy the entire range of the Media Ventures library of rhythm, chord progression, and instrumentation.

Avoid it... if Hans Zimmer imitation scores of the mid-1990's present nothing unique or new for your listening enjoyment.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #408
WRITTEN 7/25/97, REVISED 4/9/06
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Face/Off: (John Powell) The third English-language feature from acclaimed Hong Kong director John Woo, Face/Off is an exhibition of the director's fiercely independent styles in showing violence. With fight sequences choreographed like a ballet, Face/Off is eye candy for those who enjoy the art of spraying bullets and is even more representative of Woo's overarching styles than his previous Broken Arrow effort. The problem with this Woo film in particular is that it requires you to think even less than you normally would for any of his films, suspending all belief in logic to buy into the essential plotline that a diligent cop and master criminal medically swap faces and assume the identity of the other. The film makes some laughable attempts at posing questions about the intellectual aspects of these face transplants, and how they affect the behavior of both men, but make no mistake about it: Face/Off is just another cheap thrill for fans of preposterous violence and totally unnecessary destruction of physical property. In the film music world, Face/Off would also represent a disturbing trend in film scoring that would soon be identified as Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures empire. Signs of Zimmer's slowly receding role in composing for the projects he was technically hired to score began to surface in 1996, with Woo's Broken Arrow. After assigning some of the work in that score to his pupils and friends, he would restrain himself to only the title theme for The Rock, and by Face/Off, he would have retreated to the role of consultant and producer for composers eager to emulate his style down to the last drum loop. While some of these composers, including John Powell in this case, would go on to strong solo careers, even these artists floundered when first released from the Zimmer school of action scoring. The most horrific evidence of this insufferable music came with Con Air, released just before Face/Off, and both scores try so hard to extend Zimmer's library of classical chord progressions and fake cellos that the result is predictably tiresome.



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424 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.49 Stars
***** 171 5 Stars
**** 55 4 Stars
*** 69 3 Stars
** 71 2 Stars
* 58 1 Stars
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nic cage song!!
anna - December 24, 2006, at 8:06 p.m.
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song playing at end   Expand >>
b - June 25, 2006, at 5:13 p.m.
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Mark
Complaints get old!!
Shoes - June 12, 2006, at 10:08 a.m.
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Olivia Newton-John
carlos kieffer caceros - June 12, 2006, at 5:36 a.m.
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What the fu*k?
Randall Flagg - June 11, 2006, at 11:43 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:43
• 1. Face On** (4:57)
• 2. 80 Proof Rock (4:29)
• 3. Furniture (7:12)
• 4. The Golden Section Derma Lift (3:15)
• 5. This Ridiculous Chin (6:52)
• 6. No More Drugs for that Man* (7:28)
• 7. Hans' Loft* (3:37)
• 8. Ready for the Big Ride, Bubba (3:54)
*Contains additional music by Gavin Greenaway
**Contains "Since By Man Came Death" from "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel, performed by Boston Baroque Orchestra & Chorus, and conducted by Lucas Richman

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