Original Soundtrack

Mission: Impossible 2 [Original Soundtrack]

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To their credit, the people behind the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film franchise decided to give each installment a distinct style, which is why the John Woo-directed second film is far more balletic and noir-ish than Brian DePalma's original. It's also why the songs on the two soundtrack albums are so different.

The first film (1996) was dominated by quirky alt-rock from the likes of Bjork, Skunk Anansie, and Cast; the new one is mostly metal and rap metal (Limp Bizkit, Metallica), with chanteuse Tori Amos as the wild card. (As before, however, most of the songs don't appear in the movie itself.) Hans Zimmer's orchestral score for M:I-2 also has a significantly different feel than Danny Elfman's for the original; unlike Elfman, who favors an ironic post-modern update of classic '30s film scoring, Zimmer opts for a more contemporary, quasi world-beat feel.

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