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Mission: Impossible 2
(2000)
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Choir Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway
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Hollywood Records
(June 13th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release. A song album for the film was released a few weeks prior.
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Buy it... if you seek twelve truly inspired minutes of beautiful acoustic guitar and vocalized highlights, courtesy of Heitor Pereira and Lisa Gerrard.

Avoid it... if you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, for Hans Zimmer's insultingly simplistic action music for synthesizers and electric guitars could make your lymph nodes swell up and cause a nasty skin rash.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #49
WRITTEN 6/17/00, REVISED 11/10/07
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Mission: Impossible 2: (Hans Zimmer/Various) Fans of John Woo have long speculated about what the distinctive director's take would be on a James Bond film, and 2000's Mission: Impossible 2 largely answered those questions. Certainly stylish in all of the trademark Woo choreography and photography, the sequel to the 1996 Brian DePalma hit would dumb down its script into a Bond clone, leaving no doubt about its characters and their purpose. Actor Tom Cruise proved once and for all that he qualifies as a Bond-like action star, performing most of his own stunts in the production. While most of the film is set in Australia, a segment is rooted in Spain, and it is this part of the film that provided composer Hans Zimmer with the best inspiration in his score. The first Mission: Impossible film featured an edgy Danny Elfman effort that largely mirrored the movie's haphazard and fragmented storyline. Zimmer, like the script of the sequel, dumbs down the music for the franchise with a predictably synthetic and metallic style of sound to be expected in any Woo film. He drops the orchestral and synthetic blend favored by Elfman (and Michael Giacchino, who would handle scoring duties for the third entry) and substitutes only his array of electronic devises, ranging from his typical library of faux-orchestral samples to rock band elements and soloists. While Zimmer largely took solo credit for this score, his methodology included handling each scene with impromptu contributions by a handful of regular collaborators that he refers to as his "band." This group contained the usual Media Ventures names, including Nick Glennie-Smith, Jeff Rona, Klaus Badelt, and Heitor Pereira, as well as vocalist Lisa Gerrard, with whom Zimmer and Badelt had just recently struck the jackpot with Gladiator. The sequences featuring the work of Pereira and Gerrard would specifically become the highlights of Mission: Impossible 2, with most of the remaining score resorting to senseless action techniques that are so simplistic that even dedicated Zimmer collectors acknowledged their relatively immature nature.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:17
• 1. Hijack (4:09)
• 2. Iko-Iko - performed by Zap Mama (3:23)
• 3. Seville (4:32)
• 4. Nyah (Film Version) (2:20)
• 5. Mission: Impossible Theme (0:39)
• 6. The Heist (2:22)
• 7. Ambrose (2:37)
• 8. Bio-Techno (1:42)
• 9. Injection (4:49)
• 10. Bare Island (5:30)
• 11. Chimera (1:42)
• 12. The Bait (1:00)
• 13. Mano a Mano (4:22)
• 14. Mission: Accomplished (1:44)
• 15. Nyah and Ethan (5:05)

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The insert notes include extensive credits, but no extra information about the score.
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