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Soundtrack review: Sharknado 2 (Chris Ridenhour And Chris Cano – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Sharknado 2 (Chris Ridenhour And Chris Cano – 2014)

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Aparently, the first Sharknado movie was such a success that they felt the need to make a sequel. This time, since the movie was bigger, it was scored by two composers: Chris Ridenhour and Christopher Cano. The stride I had from the first score made me dive into this one as well.

The score starts big, with a 12 minute long cue, “Fin in the clouds”. It’s an epic action cue, uneven, but at the end it comes out positive. The beautiful parts outweigh the boring ones. It sounds mature and well written. It announces good things for the score. Indeed, the next two cues are also ok. “Storm is coming” gave me even more confidence that this score will make for an enjoyable listen.

Unfortunately, the great opening was everything this score brought, and by the time it was over I had already forgotten it under many minutes of generic action music. I have to admit that, in the end, it was a pretty difficult overall listen. I found “Sharnkado 2” to be way too long for what it brings. For me, that opening 12 minutes cue and 7-8 shorter cues would have been enough. But then again… one great track is enough to justify listening to a score, and I can’t complain about a score where I found 15 minutes of excellence.

If they ever do a third movie (although, by now, humanity probably found a way to keep the sharks in the water) I will give the score a listen.

Cue rating: 54 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 16 / 74

Album excellence: 21%

Highlights:

Fin in the clouds

Storm is coming

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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