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Soundtrack review: Mission: Impossible III (Michael Giacchino – 2006)

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I was very excited when “Mission: Impossible III” came out. The second movie had been awesome and I couldn’t wait to see what came next, even without John Woo at the helm and even without Hans Zimmer writing the score. I was so into the second movie that I was upset when I saw that some members of the on screen team didn’t return. I felt like I knew them all, like I was part of that core, and that’s a testament on how much I liked the franchise. The movie didn’t disappoint and with Michael Giacchino scoring it things could only be exciting.

Indeed, his brand of sharp and stabbing action music fits very well with “Mission: Impossible”. Right from the start when I hear “Evacuation” I get the feeling of being in the middle of the action, running for my life. The pace is frantic and there are no breaks. Even if this score was 10 years ago this composer’s unique and exciting sound was almost fully developed. It was only a step until “Star trek”. The action is so intense that I can almost hang on to that imaginary rope thrown at me from an imaginary helicopter flying over a lot of burning buildings. And yet I don’t want the thrills to end. I hang on tight, I feel the danger and the rush and the adrenaline is pumping.

Of course when dark emotional pieces like “Special Agent Lindsay Farris” or “Julia and Ethan” come along I am just as invested. This movie had a strong emotional arch and Michael Giacchino is, after all, the guy who, for me, was just as instrumental in making “Lost” one of my favorite shows as the writers themselves. He knows how to turn the music into a living thing that doesn’t just stay immobile. It takes you over, it comes inside, and it affects more senses that just the ears. This score is thick and dense. And with this general feel to it, it can allow itself some rare down moments as well.

I feel strange even mentioning those moments, because they are few and scattered. Make no mistake;
“Mission: Impossible III” is a festival of Giacchino goodness with all the brass, percussion and nonstop thrills. You know what you are getting into; don’t expect epic and majestic, except bold, in your face and many sudden turns. Imagine this score like an hour long rollercoaster on top of the tallest building you can find, followed by a sudden stop upside down and a bungee jump from that position. And you have your eyes tied. But at least you know your loved one is waiting for you on the ground.        Enjoy!

Cue rating: 93 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 43 / 65

Album excellence: 66%

Highlights:

Mission Impossible Theme

Evacuation

Helluvacopter ChaseEthan and Julia

Voice Capture

See You In the Sewer

Bridge Battle

Davian Gets the Girl

IMF Escape

Shang Way High

The Chutist

Hunting for Jules

World’s Worst Last 4 Minutes to Live

Reparations

Schifrin & Variations

 

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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