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Fast Five
(2011)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Dana Niu
Brad Warnaar
Andrew Kinney
Pakk Hui
Erik Kalver
Jeff Toyne
Joseph Trapanese

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 3rd, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you remain enthusiastic about Brian Tyler's previous two hybrid scores for this franchise and are receptive to a complimentary companion that features fewer dynamic highlights but also fewer moments of insufferable noise.

Avoid it... if you have high expectations for Tyler in terms of guiding the concept's music in the direction of the straight action realm, because too much of this score seems like leftovers from the other two to really impress on its own merits.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,466
WRITTEN 5/11/11
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Fast Five: (Brian Tyler) Rarely do you witness a studio attempt to significantly alter the direction of a wildly successful franchise midstream, but Universal decided with its fifth installment in the series of The Fast and the Furious that the time had come to push the concept down a "more serious" path. Despite the phenomenal box office prowess of the franchise over the course of the 2000's, it was seen by studio executives as containing a built-in ceiling, a limit to the breadth of its audience because it was viewed as simply a "car culture" topic. For 2011's Fast Five and beyond, Universal's intent is to shift gears and force the concept into the straight action genre, carefully maintaining the ideas of heists and occasional car chases, but nearly eliminating the street racing emphasis. Even though the earlier movies were rather brainless and didn't really appeal to those who had never been in a car that has spun cookies in an empty parking lot, it's admittedly disappointing to see Hollywood's most famous street racing franchise die in such a manner. But with the addition of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to the duo of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, Fast Five is the first embodiment of that new bullet-ridden action focus. Interestingly, this direction seemed to have worked immediately, critical response to Fast Five better than all of its predecessors and grosses blasting through springtime records for all of cinema. Diesel and Walker are once again reunited, following the events of Fast & Furious with escape, chase, and heist sequences that reset at the end (with the help of yet another hidden scene after the credits) in anticipation of the next feature. The location of Fast Five is primarily Rio de Janeiro, and because these films always contain a high number of song placements, that flavor translates into a soundtrack consisting of reggae and Latin music that also inhabits the song compilation album for the movie. The shift in the franchise's emphasis also changes composer Brian Tyler's approach to its original music for this, his third consecutive score for the concept. Not only is his work for a straight action film likely to be longer, but also streamlined in style as well. Although Tyler is more than competent in the conventional action genre, one does have to wonder if he has lost some of his inspiration over the course of his involvement with the franchise due to its shift away from the racing theme. Tyler is himself an avid car and racing enthusiast, both in real life and in the video game realm, and whether or not you find his merging of electronica and orchestral styles palatable, his previous two scores in the series have at least exhibited the hyperactive enthusiasm of a composer having fun in the creative process.



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Average: 2.85 Stars
***** 64 5 Stars
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Tyler's career: spinning its wheels
Kern - May 14, 2011, at 7:52 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 77:52
• 1. Fast Five (3:03)
• 2. The Perfect Crew (2:02)
• 3. Cristo Redentor (2:40)
• 4. Train Heist (8:36)
• 5. Remote Intel (2:21)
• 6. Hobbs (3:01)
• 7. Showdown on the Rio Niteroi (1:37)
• 8. Tapping In (1:36)
• 9. Turning Point (3:47)
• 10. Surveillance Montage (2:28)
• 11. Enemy of My Enemy (3:36)
• 12. Tego and Rico (2:51)
• 13. Hobbs Arrives (1:54)
• 14. Convergence (5:45)
• 15. Paradise (1:45)
• 16. Finding the Chip (1:07)
• 17. What Time Do They Open? (1:35)
• 18. Dom vs Hobbs (3:08)
• 19. Bus Busting (1:30)
• 20. Cheeky Bits (2:40)
• 21. The Job (1:37)
• 22. Connection (4:23)
• 23. The Vault Heist (9:51)
• 24. Full Circle (3:29)
• 25. Fast Five Coda (0:51)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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