La-La Land Records LLLCD1264
25 Tracks/Disc Time: 59:15
Three years ago, "Red" which was based on a graphic novel comic book was a surprise hit that sported a solid and great cast that featured Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise-Parker and John Malkovich. The film featured the misadventures of a group of ex-CIA agents who are now R.E.D (Retired Extremely Dangerous) as they were brought back from being killed by a rogue congressman. This time around Frank Moses (Willis, "Die Hard") is once again retired and trying to live a happy exsistance with his love, Sarah (Parker. "Weeds"). Once again, Moses has to be called into action and reassemble his motley crue that includes Marvin (Malkovich, "In The Line Of Fire") and Victoria (Oscar Winner Mirren) to recover a stolen nuclear device that in the wrong hands as Frank encounters his ex-lover Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Chicago") and a kooky scientist, Bailey (Sir Anthony Hopkins, "Silence Of The Lambs") all while being stalked and hunted by another assassin in Han (Byung Hun-Kim, "G.I.Joe: Retaliation"), who isn't what he seems.The film was directed by Dean Parisot, who directed the brilliant "Star Trek" spoof "Galaxy Quest" and has done very little since then, was ably able to make a viable hit but the film hasn't done as well as it should be doing at the box office.
Regardless of the results, the film has its' charms with a fun cast and aiding that very special collection is the work of one of Hollywood's venerable and still very exciting elder statesmen in composer Alan Silvestri. Silvestri who has been one of Hollywood's best composers for the last four decades since his breakout score for "Romancing The Stone" and followed up by the even more memorable "Back To The Future" and then pretty much managed to top himself ever since with more classic scores to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", "Predator", "The Delta Force", "Cast Away", and "Forrest Gump" to name a few. He was definitely the perfect choice for this film and features his trademark action material that really for the most part takes a back seat as hip and plusing electronics truly dominate this score for the majority of it. Some of the material reminds me alot of "The Long Kiss Goodnight" as well as "G.I.Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life", as those scores really mixed it up with the electronics and huge orchestras. "Main Title" establishes the score's main and major pulse recurring in full glory later on in "Catacombs" and "Entering The Embassy". A rhythmic and synth driven track signifies the theme to the score that is signature Silvestri.
The majority of the album is just simply action and suspense for the most part as evidenced in tracks such as "Safe House", the dynamic chase tracks "Paris Chase"and "London Chase", "Plumbing", "To Moscow", "Hangar Fight", and "Dasvidanya", with Silvestri simply not taking his off on the electronics that drive the tracks to a fitting energetic conclusion. He also does have some fun and simple material which allows some breathing room throughout the album in solid tracks such as "Sarah The Guard", "Dressed To Kill", which features a funky jazz number, "Marvin At Work", which features a Jimmy Smith inspired church organ riff that plays out later on in "Bomb Sunset" to rather comical results.
La-La Land Record's release of the score is nice solid produced album is great to have as a physical CD since it was also and seemed likely that it would only be released only as a digital download. As usual, the label provides some outstanding production for this album which is really grows on you after a few listens but it's a little too reminiscent of Christophe Beck's score for the first "RED" film years ago, but it easily is a step above it because of the use of a plus sized orchestra. The score works, but it would've been so much better if Silvestri had toned down the electronics for a little while to be honest with you because it does wear you out somewhat as you slog through the album in the middle section. Regardless, this is a solid outing for Silvestri whose work never gets tired or old. Marginal thumbs up for this pretty solid action score.