- Composed by Brian Tyler
- Varèse Sarabande / 2011 / 77:54
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are back in the latest film in The Fast and the Furious series – the fifth! Few could have predicted that it would have such life in it, but it’s made a load of money and is a real fan favourite, so I’m guessing number six will be along at some point. As with the previous two films in the series, it’s directed by Justin Lin and scored by Brian Tyler, one of the most prolific action movie composers today. The first of his three scores was largely non-orchestral, dominated instead by rock music. That has been completely reversed here – Tyler uses a large orchestra and fuses rock elements into it. It’s an effective blend – one he’s used before (and there is little here which will come as a surprise to those who collect his albums) but it has to be said, he’s pretty much as good as anyone in film music at doing it.
Indeed, you listen to some of this and it really is so thrilling – the nine-minute “Train Heist” provides a breathless workout for both the orchestra playing it and the person listening to it. Then there’s something like “Surveillance Montage”, with a much slower pace but a lot of style. The keyboards, guitars and drum kit aren’t used all the time, but add a really nice edge to it when they are. OK, so it is true that there is nothing new here from Tyler – and that it does begin to run out of steam long before it has reached its 78th minute – but this is a very easy album to listen to and a very easy one to enjoy. *** 1/2