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Soundtrack review: The expendables (Brian Tyler – 2010)

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Soundtrack review: The expendables (Brian Tyler – 2010)


Well since this is “The expendables” month I figured the score that launched the franchise shouldn’t miss. I don’t need excuses to review Stallone movie scores or Brian Tyler compositions but this opportunity was too good to pass. This movie was Sylvester Stallone’s gift to my generation of action hero fans. We grew up watching the movies featuring all these actors, they motivated our teenage years and these guys were the subject of most of our talks in school.  Sly took all of those posters on our walls and made them play together in the most insane fantasy a guy who grew up in the 80s and 90s could have. Thanks again, Sly!

And who better to write the score for the most testosterone and adrenaline filled movie ever than the most badass action music composer right now, Brian Tyler. Just listen to the main Expendables theme! For me it has become iconic and one of the best in Tyler’s wealthy and amazing career. This theme carries all the heaviness and power of the movie and ensemble cast. It’s a steroid fed bazooka carrying theme which blasts through the headphones and is a constant presence in my running playlists. It’s epic, powerful and even melodic; it has some shadows of Tyler’s Rambo theme and I find this to be a wonderful sense of lineage.

“The expendables” isn’t even the most epic theme on the score. For me, after listening to 50 Brian Tyler scores, “Royal Rumble” is still in my top 15 favorite cues. I listen to this insane rumble and my ears bleed. Brian Tyler literally brings all those guys in your living room with this theme. It is one of the best action cues of recent years and I never get tired of the adrenaline shot it gives me. It simply crushes everything in its way and it’s a crazy fun.

Even if not all of it matches these two themes, “The Expendables” is still a landmark among action movie scores and will be regarded as a classic in years to come. Another win for Brian Tyler!

Cue rating: 78 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 29 / 72

Album excellence: 40%


The Expendables


Ravens and Skulls


Royal Rumble


Time to Leave

Mayhem and Finale


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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