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Bad Boys for Life
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Lorne Balfe

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Shane Rutherfoord-Jones
Alessandro Apolloni
Vincenzo di Francesco

Additional Music by:
Max Aruj
Steffen Thum
Steven Davis
Sven Faulconer
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Sony Classical
(January 24th, 2020)
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Commercial digital release only.
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Buy it... if you have long harbored a soft spot for the brazenly cool main theme of Mark Mancina's score for the original Bad Boys, extensively adapted by Lorne Balfe for this sequel.

Avoid it... if Balfe's beefy update of the vintage Media Ventures sound deprives you of the raw and unrefined spirit of the prior score, sapping much of the affable percussion and reggae influence.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,967
WRITTEN 12/20/20
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Bad Boys for Life: (Lorne Balfe) Among the better enduring concepts of the Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay era of testosterone explosions has been the Bad Boys franchise, each of its entries proving more successful than the one before. Returning to kick drug cartel ass are Miami detectives played in true buddy-cop form by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. While their antics had freewheeling flair in the prior two films of 1995 and 2003, the 2020 sequel, Bad Boys for Life, offers the characters as they've matured into retirement and grandparent duties, largely exploring Smith's character, Mike Lowrey, as he deals with a relationship from the past that is returning to assassinate him. The script allows for an even greater level of character development than the prior films, though there's more than enough punching and shooting to suffice for the adrenaline junkies. In a year overshadowed by a pandemic's shutdown of movie theatres, Bad Boys for Life managed one of top box office performances of the year and broke the domestic record for a January release. One of the more popular production elements of these Bad Boys films has been their music supervision, the Inner Circle song, "Bad Boys," remaining supreme throughout the concept. Not to be overlooked, however, is the score of the original 1995 film by Mark Mancina (with assistance from conductor Nick Glennie-Smith), a true symbol of the height of ascendance for the Hans Zimmer Media Ventures sound and a long-time favorite for enthusiasts of such music. That masculine but highly affable and at times intimate score of reggae influence was followed by a rather poor extension by Trevor Rabin for the sequel that lost all the personality that Mancina had brought to the table. For Bad Boys for Life, another franchise bad boy of equal Zimmer descent, Lorne Balfe, stepped in to supplement the movie's usual assortment of songs with a score that strives to resurrect the tone and themes of the first score to a much greater degree. He is joined by Glennie-Smith in the conducting role for good measure.


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105 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.92 Stars
***** 11 5 Stars
**** 23 4 Stars
*** 33 3 Stars
** 23 2 Stars
* 15 1 Stars
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These are all fun scores
Zack - December 30, 2020, at 4:15 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 39:48
• 1. Bad Boys for Life (2:47)
• 2. It's Good Shit Lieutenant (3:19)
• 3. Take Back What's Ours (2:09)
• 4. We're Dangerous People (3:46)
• 5. What Else You Got? (3;13)
• 6. Prayer (3:12)
• 7. God's Gun (2:37)
• 8. The Truth (4:52)
• 9. Promise to God (2:59)
• 10. We Ride Together, We Die Together (6:02)
• 11. Ambulance Heist (2:59)
• 12. One Last Time (1:57)

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