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Soundtrack review: The expendables 3 (Brian Tyler – 2014)

 

“The expendables 3” for me was just as fun as the first two. I know what I want from this movie and that’s exactly what I get. Mel Gibson and especially Antonio Banderas were great additions to the cast and I had a blast watching the movie with its ridiculous escape scenes.

Brian Tyler’s score for this third movie runs on auto pilot. I couldn’t hear in it the care and heart that was put in the previous two. The action is still there, of course, plus a few Latin inserts for Banderas’ character but it feels a little generic. I couldn’t find the excitement and thrills I did in the first couple of scores. I kept waiting for the explosion but I only found it in cues like “Infiltrating the block” and “Valet parking done right”. “The expendables 3” was more of a background listening experience whilst the first two we really engaging and kept me connected for their duration.

I was surprised to hear more quiet moments in this one. “Lament” or “The art of war” are cues that I wasn’t expecting to find on an Expendables score. I had fun at the short insert “Galgo’s grand entrance” made especially for Antonio Banderas and his wacky on screen persona.

When I listen to an Expendables score I am expecting to be entertained as much as I am when I watch the movie. This didn’t happen all the time with “The expendables 3” but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its moments.

Cue rating: 78 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 60

Album excellence: 23%

Highlights:

Infiltrating the Block

Threat Doubled

Galgo’s Grand Enterance

Valet Parking Done Right

Armored Freaking Transport

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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