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Faster
(2010)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Clint Mansell

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Matt Dunkley

Co-Produced by:
Geoff Foster
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(November 23rd, 2010)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. The digital download version was made available on the official street date for the album (November 23rd, 2010), though the CD version was withheld until January 4th, 2011.
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Buy it... if you desire a generally palatable electric guitar, percussion, and string score with flashes of coolness accompanied by extended sequences of quietly discomforting turmoil.

Avoid it... if you're enamored with Clint Mansell's unusual approach to some of his prior assignments, for Faster is about as generic for this genre as it could be.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,666
WRITTEN 11/26/10
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Faster: (Clint Mansell) In all of its advertising for the picture, Castle Rock Entertainment pushed the 2010 film Faster as an adrenaline-pumping action extravaganza. It features Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as an emotionless killer with enough muscle, weapons, and fortitude to blast through any assassination list with ease. Unfortunately for those seeking cheap testosterone thrills, director George Tillman, Jr. and the screenwriters decided to create an action thriller with a deeper narrative, translating into a finished product that spends more time setting up the characters' back stories than it does showing them in conflict. While Faster has been praised for attempting to transcend the usual level standard of shallow discourse in its genre, its long scenes of moody contemplation may prohibit the film from satisfying its intended audience. Johnson's character, having spent ten years in prison for a bank robbery, is released and immediately sets upon the task of executing a list of people he believes responsible for his brother's death. Pursuing him, meanwhile, is a troubled cop and a professional killer, both with reservations about their jobs and looking for a better family life. The concept of redemption is explored throughout the story, sometimes with an awkwardly religious tilt. A miserably depressing ending for Faster doesn't help the film endear itself to thrill seekers, either, though there has been significant talk from the studio about expanding the concept into a trilogy, so perhaps the payoff rests in future entries. A logical choice to score Faster is English singer, guitar player, and composer Clint Mansell, who had created something of a cult name for himself as a writer of film music over the previous ten years. That following resulted mostly from his unconventional scores for Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, though the former leader of the band "Pop Will Eat Itself" has also strayed into rock-inspired action at times as well. With Doom and Smokin' Aces in the mid-2000's, Mansell developed a tough sound that would lend itself well to Faster. This assignment would also incorporate an orchestral presence, a sign of hope for film score collectors seeking a touch of Sahara once again. In the end, however, Faster is a pretty standard contemporary revenge thriller score that is largely forced into a bottle because of the many scenes of character development in the plot. Aside from its rather tepid overarching personality, the score is predictably functional and strives to find absolutely no original avenue in which to address such a concept.



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Average: 2.27 Stars
***** 8 5 Stars
**** 22 4 Stars
*** 39 3 Stars
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* 55 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 54:05
• 1. Goodbye My Friend - performed by Guido and Maurizio DeAngelis (4:03)
• 2. I Wanna Be Your Dog - performed by Iggy Pop (4:05)
• 3. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - performed by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (3:19)
• 4. Short Change Hero - performed by The Heavy (5:21)
• 5. Grifos Muertos - performed by Jeffrey Luck Lucas (3:00)
• 6. John the Revelator - performed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (0:54)
• 7. Ten Year Stretch (1:49)
• 8. History Lesson (3:03)
• 9. Predators & Prey (7:01)
• 10. Lost Lives (1:53)
• 11. Lovers (2:51)
• 12. Hospital Visit (4:34)
• 13. The Driver Drives (4:27)
• 14. Family Matters (2:36)
• 15. On a Mission (3:37)
• 16. Redemption (1:33)

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