Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Music Composed By: Joe Kraemer

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible movie series, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) finds himself on the run from the international crime consortium known as the Syndicate.  His team is disbanded, but that doesn't stop them from helping him prove the existence of the nefarious crime consortium and take out the Syndicate.  This may be the IMF's most impossible mission yet!

            The musical score of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was created by American composer Joe Kraemer, a career that has been flourishing since he scored a high school classmate's indie feature at the age of fifteen.  After graduating from the Berklee School of Music, he was more certain than ever that film composing would be his path.  Since the year 2000, Kraemer has composed the musical scores for such notable films and television series as The Way of the Gun, Open House, Room 6, Femme Fatales and more. 

            While listening to the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Soundtrack, I had to smile.  I had watched the original Mission: Impossible television series when I was a kid and have always loved the show's theme created by Lalo Schifrin.  I was happy to see it used again in the new films.  I would soon learn that the entire score would be a homage to the original series.  According to Kraemer, "In keeping with the goal of paying homage to original show, while still sounding relevant to today’s audiences, I decided I would only use instruments that were available in 1966, when the TV show began.  That meant no synthesizers, no techno loops, essentially no electronic instruments at all. As a result, the score has been performed entirely with acoustic instruments in a symphonic orchestral setting." 

            Though everything in the film was high-tech, Kraemer had to give the impression of high-tech without using electronic instruments.  Music played in dark undertones or very low offered up a sense of danger just beneath the surface.  Low music rising in crescendo meant a revelation had just been made.  Action was represented by horns, fast-paced strings and percussion.  The track, Havana, offers up an exotic sound in the beginning, representative of the locale, but quickly turns into a track full of intrigue.  Grave Consequences has that melancholy air hinting at a loss of some kind.

            The whole e e Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was quite enjoyable for me.  It was a trip down memory lane, yet not a repeat of an old score.  Kraemer put a new flare on an old favorite and created a score that is full of intense action and intrigue.  Just what the doctor ordered.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to the soundtrack before ever going to see the film, so you can realize just how much that music enhances the drama in each scene.  This article will self-destruct in five minutes...just kidding!


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