Mission Impossible Rogue Nation Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Mission Impossible Rogue Nation by Joe Kraemer.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 27.17
Album Excellence: 37%
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a 2015 American spy action film directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg. It’s the fifth instalment in the Mission: Impossible series of films. It is of course loosely based on the classic 1966 Mission: Impossible TV series. There was also a short-lived television series in 1988. With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat – called the Syndicate – soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation. The score is composed by Joe Kraemer.
Just before new year I decided to go back in time and listen to all the film scores plus the classic television series and I wasn’t surprised to find that it was a great deal of fun. The original TV series had music by Lalo Schifrin (and others), but the one CD I had was all Schifrin. I then went on to listen to the first film score by Danny Elfman, then the next one by Hans Zimmer and number 3 and 4 by Michael Giacchino. I prefer nr. 3, but all had glorious moments. At first when I heard there would be no Giacchino for number 5 I was disappointed, but after hearing a sample from the new score, my belief was re-invigorated. This could be great. Let’s hope it wasn’t the best cue that I heard, because I hope to find even more amazing music on the score. The opening cue is a long one, almost 7 minutes. ‘The A400’ does fly by though because it is a lot of fun. It starts with some good but generic action, and then gradually goes into classic Mission: Impossible mode with a great new adaptation of the main theme. You can’t beat that theme. You put that in the music and I’m sold. I’m so happy that Kraemer is using it and also using the spectacular 60s percussion and woodwind section. It is classy and it is awesome.
I can immediately tell you what Kraemer has got a great grip on in this score and that’s the action. It works and it works well. Cues like ‘Escape To Danger’ and ‘Moroccan Pursuit’ keep you on your toes with sometimes over-the-top blasts of pure action and I for one love it. What doesn’t quite work is the suspense cues like ‘Solomon Lane’ and ‘Good Evening, Mr. Hunt’. I don’t know what it is, but it doesn’t excite me and they should. Turns out ‘Moroccan Pursuit’ with a hard fight from ‘The A400’ might be the best cue on the score after all and I suspected that might be the case. It’s a killer cue, exciting. Overall, I think this is a really good score and I would put it behind 3 and 4, but ahead of 1 and 2. My expectations were a little out of whack once I heard ‘Moroccan Pursuit’ and I was hoping that it would be a fair representation of the full score and not just parts of it. Still, I’m satisfied and I think this one has the potential to become even better in time.
1. The A400 *
4. Escape To Danger
6. A Flight At The Opera
11. Moroccan Pursuit *
15. Audience With The Prime Minister
17. A Foggy Night In London
19. Finale And Curtain Call