Jean Reno, Ryoko Hirosue and Michel Muller star in this French action comedy about
an ex commando now working for the French police. Luc Besson produced and wrote
this fairly succesful French "Hollywood style" popcorn movie, while Gérard Krawczyk
Serra's work for the movie was apparently completely orchestral. Nice to
know, but what a shame that so little of it drips over on this album. Never
before did an Eric Serra album contain so little of his score work. Luckily
his collaborator, Schultheis has a compatible style and their efforts
together make at least a weak attempt to pull this CD out of the "songtrack"
hell that so many soundtrack releases these days are part of. Sadly an attempt
to strenghten the link between the album and the film by means of additional
dialogues and excerpts from the film only adds to the confusion and leaves the
listener completely baffled to what he is listening to.
Combining contrasting musical styles can be an art on its own, but as this
album proves it can also result in a pile of unpleasant garbage that just sits there
to annoy you. Those who like to listen to the pop songs - most of which are
so "hip" that they are destined to
become outdated within a few days after their release - will be annoyed
by Serra's sweet but crafty themes or by Schultheis' aural score experiments.
But those who go for the score parts will find way too little - and even fragmentaric -
material that is constantly interupted by another "interlude" from the
film or a loud poptrack trying to chart its way to the top even before
the scoretrack has properly started. Finally, those who are purely
looking for the Serra related tracks to complete their collection will
find that they get less than 14 minutes of related fragments for their
well earned money.