Drop Zone Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Drop Zone by Hans Zimmer.
At a glance:
36 minutes of score
Geek Score: 97.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 30.45
Album Excellence: 85%
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Drop Zone from 1994 directed by John Badham and starring Wesley Snipes is a great action movie, plus it has skydiving. A tough cop teams up with a professional skydiver to capture a renegade computer hacker on the run from the law. Hans Zimmer is the composer and this review is part of Composer Of The Month. In and around 1994, Hans Zimmer did some of his best ever action material. In fact, he did an excellent score for John Badham’s Point Of No Return 1 year earlier and in 1995 he did Crimson Tide. In both Drop Zone and Point Of No Return Zimmer use guitar and it’s pretty great. The opening cue ‘Drop Zone’ starts with a guitar before it enters Zimmer’s action zone. I do miss Zimmer’s guitar work.
Zimmer did get a little help from his friends (as usual). Nick Glennie-Smith wrote the excellent ‘Flashback & Fries’ using guitar, synth and a sexy humming voice. The best track on the score is ‘Too Many Notes – Not Enough Rests’ which is a fantastic 10+ minute action track made for and by 90s ideas. There’s guitar, heavy percussion and a theme. Granted the theme isn’t the best, but this track is so fun, a great theme is not needed.
This is some really fun 90s Zimmer action and this score badly needs a proper expansion.
1. Drop Zone
3. Hi Jack
4. Terry’s Dropped Out
5. Flashback & Fries (by Nick Glennie-Smith)
7. Too Many Notes – Not Enough Rests
8. After The Dub