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The Rundown
(2003)
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Composed, Conducted, Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Heitor Pereira
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 30th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the employment of exotic instrumentation even if the underlying orchestral and electronic constructs are somewhat derivative.

Avoid it... if generic rhythmic chase music aided by ethnic drums and without thematic identity or organized substance can't sustain the genre for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #714
WRITTEN 10/22/03, REVISED 3/4/09
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The Rundown: (Harry Gregson-Williams) Upon seeing the wrestler turned actor in his second major cinematic role, the mainstream was finally asking the question, "why do they call Dwayne Johnson 'The Rock'?" And for good reason, because he was establishing himself as an affable replacement for Arnold Schwarzenegger in the superhuman action genre of the 2000's. For Peter Berg's The Rundown, Johnson is thrust into a man-versus jungle scenario, with none of the characters being particularly likable in their affiliations (to a greedy kingpin or an evil Gold-mining manager) except, perhaps, for the peculiar bond they must form to survive and retrieve a priceless treasure and get out of the Brazilian jungle alive. The plot is not one of horror, but rather one of regular adventure and the usual variety of dumb comedy (seeing Johnson attacked by a monkey is a welcomed turn of events). Despite surprising critical acclaim, the picture never generated enough steam at the box office to return Universal's investment. Lending his services to the production was Harry Gregson-Williams, one of the more successful students of Hans Zimmer to spin off into a strong career of his own during the decade. He had gained new followers that summer with his rousing, swashbuckling score for the otherwise disastrous Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and next on tap was The Rundown. The score was destined to address a plethora of chasing (as well as a few personal fight sequences), thus producing an opportunity for Gregson-Williams to create a rhythmically driving score with a sense of movement equivalent to Enemy of the State. The attention to ambient sound design is similar to that previous score, though Gregson-Williams takes a few steps to stay true to the authenticity of the region. He constructed a score that would make use of performers from Brazil, including "The School of Samba Unidos de Vila Isabel" in Rio de Janeiro and "Bloco lle Alye" in Bahia. Their performances (recorded on location) extended the sound of The Rundown beyond the usual, bland combination of real and synthetic orchestral elements that Media Ventures artists typically churned out for films of this kind. Even so, this score's basic architecture makes it a sort of Enemy of the State with Brazilian instrumentation, leaving traditional, symphonic score collectors without much to become excited about. A schizophrenic handling of motifs also plagues the score as it attempts to develop consistent character.



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The Rundown ,intro,theme,or sountrack
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Gunfight guitar instrumental   Expand >>
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Missy Elliot version
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Rundown reviews?   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 44:30
• 1. Coming Down (1:13)
• 2. Booze on the Grind (0:52)
• 3. The Jungle (1:18)
• 4. The Compound (1:44)
• 5. Jeep Rental (0:51)
• 6. Kontiki (2:04)
• 7. No Breaks (0:40)
• 8. Bar Fight (1:37)
• 9. Journey Ends (0:39)
• 10. Monkeys & Rebels (3:24)
• 11. Massacre (1:40)
• 12. The Deal (1:16)
• 13. Mutizone Attack (1:08)
• 14. Long Walk (1:03)
• 15. Little Swim (1:36)
• 16. The Gato (3:18)
• 17. Kolabos/Marianna Escapes (3:32)
• 18. Lock Down the Town (1:49)
• 19. Get it On (2:39)
• 20. The Bus (1:53)
• 21. Guns (2:32)
• 22. Whip Fight (1:36)
• 23. Hatcher's End (3:59)
• 24. It's On (1:58)

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