Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
Music Composed And Produced By Michael Giacchino
Performed By The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
Orchestrated And Conducted By Tim Simonec
Executive Album Producers: Tom Cruise.
JJ. Abrams and Bryan Burk
Executive Album Producer for Varese Sarabande:
Varese Sarabande VSD-7128
22 Tracks – Running Time: 76:28
To Be Released On January 10, 2012
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol marks that fourth and now final film starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt the leader of the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) as most already know that Jeremy Renner is now taking over the franchise. This fourth mission also is the feature live action debut of acclaimed animated director Brad Bird, who directed The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and the criminally underrated and underappreciated, The Iron Giant. This film has generated some excellent reviews and has been tops at the box office in its IMAX run and is now number one to start this Christmas week. The story is a lively one as after a bombing of the Kremlin takes place, IMF is immediately disbanded and disowned by the President and forced to go rogue under the Ghost Protocol guise as they rentlessly go after a terrorist named Hendricks who is planning a nuclear strike against the U.S. and avert a major disaster. The film co-stars Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Tom Wilkinson.
Returning to the series, is Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino who wrote a rather chaotic and entertaining score to Mission: Impossible 3 which was directed by his friend, J.J. Abrams (who is also producing this film). With Brad Bird at the helm, Giacchino is no stranger to working with him after all he wrote the John Barry inspired superhero score to The Incredibles and the parisian tinged score to Ratatouille. While the music for the previous film was frenetic and well paced, this score is two steps beyond that one. It’s is an exciting and thematic piece of work that really shows the development and maturity of Giacchino’s music since the last MI film. Lalo Schifrin’s famous television theme is a central piece of this score which is really fast paced, but really cool, but the pure emphasis on this score is simply pure action and it really succeeds on every level.
This very long and engertic album has no shortage of exciting material and easily one of the more enjoyable score of Giacchino’s four scores that he’s released this year which was no easy feat topping Super 8, Cars 2 and Monte Carlo. The action gets off to a solid start with “Give Her My Budapest” which kicks off the album to some aggressive action strings and brass before a bombastic mood kicks in and “Light The Fuse” follows up the introduction of Lalo Schifrin’s famous MI theme in a more expanded mode by Giacchino which uses more variation and is just as hip as Schifrin would’ve done it. Since the film takes place in various international places, Giacchino scores each locale with varation using occasional ethnic stylings to suit them while adding flavor with a varation or two of the MI theme. Russia is first up and represented with some jazzy cool 60’s stylings (In Russia, Phone Dials You) with cool flutes and bongos, no shortage of suspense with some terrific Russian choir thrown in (Kremlin With Anticipation, From Russia With Shove). “Ghost Protocol” is another example of Schifrin styled cool as the moods shift from jazzy to pure suspense and some hard driven action before a somber coda at the end. The Middle East has no shortage of action or suspense and this is where the grand scale of the score really starts to take off with (A Man, A Plan, A Code, Dubai, Hendrick’s Manifesto (this is a terrific track that has a nod to Lawerence of Arabia), India is has it’s own exotic fun as well with some pretty hip material too (Mood India (which features a cool hip hop ethitnicity to it), Mumbai’s The Word, which is quite similar to Mood India and a has a bit of a flavor to David Arnold’s Bond scores). The last half of the album is where some my favorite material lays introduced by “Launch Is On Hendricks” which is alot of fun with some really cool guitar work as well as the orchestra performance really does shine as the mood shifts from retro hipness to bombastic. “World’s Worst Parking Valet” is much his cue from MI3 “World’s Worst Last 4 Minutes To Live” which was alot more frenetic than this one and that’s the difference why it’s much better because it has has more balance and the suspense is more defined over excess urgency. “Putting The Miss In Mission” is a lengthy and lyrical farewell for Cruise’ character and it’s well reflected in Giacchino’s music which isn’t somber, but more reflective and almost tender at times as the torch is now being passed for the IMF force and Mission: Impossible Theme (Out With A Bang Version) is a reprise of MI theme and also the grand sendoff and leading into a new generation of films with Renner now the leader.
Varese’s album is definitely well put together and even more entertaning and MI3 which I did enjoy, but was lacking a little more of the cooler material and this one just simply is almost perfect in that sense. This album is definitely a positive spoiler for fans of the MI series in that it is the most enjoyable score since Danny Elfman’s original effort 15 years ago which to me is still the best score with Hans Zimmer’s being my least favorite of the four. To me, it’s easily one of the best scores I’ve heard since start of the fall along side Adventures of Tintin, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to name a few that really have caught my attention in a positive way. This is Giacchino’s best score of the year and one that fans of his will enjoy for sure.
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol might be Tom Cruise’s send off to the series, but I’m definitely sure there will be more adventures that Michael Giacchino will be apart of with Jeremy Renner in the near future. Easily a fun score.
M:i Ghost Protocol will be released on Jan, 10th available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, J&R Music and Computer World, Best Buy and Varese Sarabande.
1. Give Her My Budapest (1:57)
2. Light The Fuse (2:01)
3. Knife To A Gun Fight (3:42)
4. In Russia, Phone Dials You (1:40)
5. Kremlin With Anticipation (4:12)
6. From Russia With Shove (3:37)
7. Ghost Protocol (4:58)
8. Railcar Rundown (1:11)
9. Hendricks’ Manifesto (3:17)
10. A Man, A Plan, A Code, Dubai (2:44)
11. Love The Glove (3:44)
12. The Express Elevator (2:31)
13. Mission Impersonatable (3:55)
14. Moreau Trouble Than She’s Worth (6:44)
15. Out For A Run (3:54)
16. Eye Of The Wistrom (1:05)
17. Mood India (4:28)
18. Mumbai’s The Word (7:14)
19. Launch Is On Hendricks (2:22)
20. World’s Worst Parking Valet (5:03)
21. Putting The Miss In Mission (5:19)
22. Mission: Impossible Theme (Out With A Bang Version) (:53)
– Danny Gonzalez
Film Music Examiner NYC