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Terminal Velocity
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
David Slonaker
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 11th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you always get an adrenaline kick from consistent, action-oriented orchestral bombast with a few electric guitars added to the mix for flavor.

Avoid it... if mundane action material that is consistently strong but lacks a distinct personality is something that bothered you in regards to Joel McNeely's career in the 1990's.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,503
WRITTEN 7/1/03, REVISED 4/1/09
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Terminal Velocity: (Joel McNeely) Ranking relatively low on the overall ranking of films by their intelligence level, Terminal Velocity is a rather mundane though adequately interesting 1994 film about a normal guy who gets caught up in a Soviet spy plot and a whole lot of gold. This unsuspecting skydiving instructor (Charlie Sheen) rescues a beautiful female student (Nastassja Kinski), escapes from unlikely mid-air situations, defies impossible odds, and is subjected to other predictable plotline standards. Audience reactions to Terminal Velocity were similar to those you'd witness for a typical straight-to-video flick or B-rate cable film. For action junkies, the movie may be a nice distraction in the middle of the night when insomnia and indigestion strike, and the same could be said of Joel McNeely's score. Once hailed as the successor for composing legend John Williams, McNeely spent the better part of the 1990's providing effective, though not overwhelming scores for an unfortunate series of less than stellar films. Despite the usual demise of the films, some of the scores achieved their own success apart from the pictures, and Terminal Velocity is one that translates its adrenaline kick to film score collectors on album. Its soaring action at high altitudes would serve as a preview of sorts for McNeely's additional material for Air Force One two years later. He had shown time and time again that he was capable of producing action music for lesser films along the same vein as Jerry Goldsmith's similar works, and there existed stylistic similarities between the two composers at times. The music for Terminal Velocity and Air Force One share many common action rhythms, motifs, and instrumentation, making Terminal Velocity a good alternative for fans who have been searching without success for McNeely's contribution to Air Force One on the black market. With a moderately sized orchestral ensemble, McNeely produces a dynamic and quickly paced action score for Terminal Velocity that especially excels in its employment of accelerating brass figures that would inform Don Davis' music for The Matrix and its sequels.



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Average: 2.99 Stars
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* 25 1 Stars
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Total Time: 32:09
• 1. Desert Landing (2:17)
• 2. Aerial Ballet (2:46)
• 3. Airborne (1:03)
• 4. Ditch's Dive (1:44)
• 5. Easier Ways to Die (1:43)
• 6. The Second Plane (3:46)
• 7. Christa Is Caught (4:15)
• 8. Desert Nocturne (1:10)
• 9. Cadillac Freefall (5:43)
• 10. Russian Gold (3:25)
• 11. End Credits (4:11)

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