Composer of the month Hans Zimmer month

Soundtrack review: Broken arrow (limited edition) (Hans Zimmer – 1996, 2014)

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His 90s action style almost never sounded so good

She was the last one I met from that famous and unforgettable generation…I knew all her colleagues well. I had spent countless hours getting to know them, enjoying their presence and discovering new things about them with every meeting. Everyone from her class had brought something in my life and I always feel the sweet sting of nostalgia when I recall memories or images from our time together… Most of them give me the same feeling that I get looking at a beautiful and long summer sunset.

I also knew her companion; it was a solid and enjoyable action movie. But she…she was introduced to me very late, many years after I had met the rest. I had simply ignored her before. In the meantime she had gone through a big transformation, she had developed a lot. The first impression, right when she told me her name, meant love at first hear. She was different from the rest of her class. There was more melancholy in her voice, more swiftness in her actions and everything she did seemed like the result of a lot of careful thinking. I felt “Butterflies” when listening to her, and I instantly recognized her accent and where she came from. I know that voice…I know that accent…it takes me back to my favorite period from her creator. Bells chime through dusty rooms in my memories and the light comes in as if through the broken wooden boards that were blocking a long forgotten “Mine Shaft”. It takes a lot of time for the nostalgia to warm up all the tunnels of that mine shaft, but I love feeling every second of it. When she speaks louder I get an unmistakable rush of feelings…When she speaks softly I see again that endless summer sunset and I don’t want to lose this feeling…She starts talking to me about “Hammerheads” but with a mermaid’s voice…Then she proceeds determined, alert, and still with a different voice than the others from her generation.

Wow…I didn’t even realize I had listened to her for two hours….I want to hear the story again…I met “Broken arrow” the last, but since then I have spent more time listening to her than to all but four Hans Zimmer scores…His 90s action style almost never sounded so good…And this score is one crown jewel of that period, and a score you can’t confuse with any other one…

Cue rating: 85 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 100 / 116

Album excellence: 86 %

Highlights:

Rope-a-Dope

The Bomber

Going to War/Fire in a Brooklyn Theater

The Search/Broken Arrow

Desert Dawn

Humvee Chase

Mine Shaft 2

Big Bang

Butterflies

The Boat/Stowaway

Breaking Orders

Hammerhead

Nuke Disarmed (End Credits)

Brothers (Original Album Version)

Mine (Original Album Version)

Nuke (Original Album Version)

 

About the author

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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