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Soundtrack review: The Italian Job (John Powell – 2003)

“The italian job” is the remake of a famous movie starring Michael Caine. The remake has a remarkable cast including Jason Statham, Mark Walberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton and Donad Sutherland. I enjoyed this movie, especially the famous Mini chase across Venice.

There was a lot of potential for a very enjoyable score: a heist theme, the action, the setting in Venice, the surprises of the movie. Unfortunately, John Powell’s score is generic and rarely interesting. The action is there but it rarely shines. “The Italian job” is so generic that at one point it just fades into the background and I don’t realize I’m listening to a score anymore. This score is just a collection of effects, here pulsating, there percussion like, put together in 4 minute segments. There’s no difference in rhythm between a cue named “Planning the heist” and one called “Mourning John”. There’s almost no emotion in this score, no heart at all, and it gets really frustrating at some point.

The only cue I sort of enjoyed was the atmospheric “Bitter suite”. I loved the pun in the title as well. But it’s too little for a 42minutes long score. I will not listen to “The Italian Job” score again…

Cue rating: 53 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 0 / 42

Album excellence: 0%

 

 

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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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