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The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
(2021)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Atli Örvarsson

Orchestrated by:
Julian Kershaw
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Milan Records
(June 11th, 2021)
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Commercial digital release, with vinyl option available.
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Buy it... if Atli Örvarsson's score for the prior film in this franchise caught your attention with its stylish flair, this sequel adding greater orchestral depth to the equation.

Avoid it... if your interest in this music is based on the bluesy gospel elements of the preceding score, the vocals and brash 1970's vibe diminished in the sequel's straight forward parody music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #2,013
WRITTEN 6/16/21
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The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard: (Atli Örvarsson) After escaping violent political intrigue and saving the marriage of Samuel L. Jackson's hitman in 2017's The Hitman's Bodyguard, Ryan Reynolds' bodyguard is approached by the hitman's wife, Salma Hayek, to save the hitman from yet another predicament. Whereas the villain in the first tale was Gary Oldman's evil president of Belarus, the 2021 sequel, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard offers Antonio Banderas as a crazed Greek intent upon disrupting Europe's power grid. Caught in the middle is Morgan Freeman as the hitman's not-so-innocent father. The comedy action flick sees the leads chasing around and escaping ridiculous fights and explosion scenarios with exaggerated verve. There is a study in behavioral science that could be made about how unrealistically the characters in this story react to bad dialogue and plot twists. While the cast ensemble might have had fun blasting through their juvenile script, reviewers skewered the film as a step backwards from the already suspect quality of the prior entry. Among the highlights of the successful predecessor was a spirited funk and gospel score by Icelandic composer Atli Örvarsson, whose career has toiled in the realm of television crime series since going solo from Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions early in the 2010's. After showing a fair amount of promise in his own ventures, Örvarsson largely disappeared from mainstream big screen credits, and the films in the series of The Hitman's Bodyguard represent his most major foray into large productions since The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in 2013. Both scores in this franchise enjoy a distinctly unique funk personality at their core, the first one especially emphasizing gospel tones to represent the hitman's awkward panache. While Örvarsson's contribution to The Hitman's Bodyguard was certainly snazzy, it didn't generate much attention due to the film's comical application of songs. In fact, the main soundtrack album for the film included only 20 minutes of his score material. But there was an enduring allure to the score's wickedly irreverent 1970's action stance, and it's great to hear a fuller version of that music in The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard.


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Average: 2.92 Stars
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Where is the review for the first Hitman's Bodyguard?
Everett Brunson - September 6, 2021, at 7:01 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 39:38
• 1. The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (3:09)
• 2. Aristotle Theme (2:00)
• 3. Helicopter Chase (3:15)
• 4. Flashback of Mom (3:20)
• 5. Kidnapped by Interpol (2:37)
• 6. Shootout (1:14)
• 7. Aristotle Captures the Gang (2:52)
• 8. Save Europe (2:50)
• 9. Bryce's Father (1:21)
• 10. Sonia & Bryce Rescue Darius (1:55)
• 11. Sonia Calls Kincaid (3:12)
• 12. Decoy Boat (1:05)
• 13. Sea Burial (1:14)
• 14. Aristotle Kills Leaker (1:27)
• 15. Fantasy Escape (2:07)
• 16. Dad Works for Aristotle (1:17)
• 17. Fight Magnusson and Zento (2:59)
• 18. The Honeymoon (1:44)

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