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Soldier
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
David Slonaker
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 20th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you're prepared to hear a merging of Jerry Goldsmith's action and Elliot Goldenthal's instrumental arrangements for the purposes of wildly frenetic and creative action romps.

Avoid it... if mere instrumental creativity alone cannot sustain your interest in a score that has no cohesive goal or thematic identity.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #724
WRITTEN 11/2/98, REVISED 4/1/07
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Soldier: (Joel McNeely) The only reason Soldier existed in the first place was to show actor Kurt Russell kick ass in his usual stoic fashion, and unfortunately for him and everyone else involved with the film, audiences weren't interested. Russell's act had worn, and the director of Mortal Kombat gives us a film in Soldier that is so trite and predictable that you're just begging for some of those wicked one-liners that Russell had performed in similar roles of yesteryear. The film lost a horrendous amount of money for Warner Brothers, with a return on investment so outrageous that you don't even see the film on late night cable re-runs. In this post-apocalyptic tale of military change, Russell is the outdated soldier of a previous generation, being replaced with a new batch of genetically enhanced clone soldiers that will go out into space and kick even more ass. As the discarded underdog, he defends some helpless citizens from the wrath of the army on a waste planet and reminds viewers that the one-liners aren't necessary to prove that those old sturdy products can sometimes get the job done better than the newest gizmos. Given the story and the film's predictable failure at the box office, Soldier would have seemed like a perfect match for composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose career at the time was littered with projects like Executive Decision, Chain Reaction, and Deep Rising. Instead, the assignment went to a composer who proved that a single year could define both his arrival and departure from the mainstream with just a pair of disastrous films.



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311 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.81 Stars
***** 49 5 Stars
**** 55 4 Stars
*** 69 3 Stars
** 67 2 Stars
* 71 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 29:08
• 1. New Soldiers vs. Old Soldiers (2:56)
• 2. The Chain Fight (2:29)
• 3. Welcome to Hell (2:44)
• 4. Todd is Exiled (3:05)
• 5. Soldier Ships Arrive (4:58)
• 6. One Against Many (4:11)
• 7. The Final Battle (6:20)
• 8. Redemption (2:10)

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