You can definitely tell that director Guy Ritchie knows his music and how to use it in his films and the scoring of Angel with the scene were Micky's Brad Pitt mother is murdered is top-notch. Not only that but we also get Angel included on the soundtrack CD.
Other inclusions from "The Stranglers" and "The Specials" make it a varied soundtrack for this crime-filled British caper.
I even have the soundtrack CD for the film , which was a nice hybrid in itself of rock and electronica. Of course, the one big omission from the soundtrack album was Dissolved Girl, the track Neo is listening to on his headphones when we are first introduced to his character.
There was talk of Massive Attack contributing a new song for inclusion on the Matrix Reloaded soundtrack, with 3D saying as much on the old Raft message board in I don't know the reasons but whatever it was, it did'nt happen. Superpredators - The Jackal The Jackal - an otherwise forgettable film released in , but with the noted distinction of having not one but two unreleased Massive Attack tracks contained within its soundtrack.
The first one being an early version of Dissolved Girl, which I'm not featuring here. Instead, I'm going for the 2nd track, that being the original version of Superpredators before the Mad Professor got his hands on it and remixed it for the Risingson single.
Unfortunately the only other really memorable thing about the film outside this opening, is Richard Gere's ridiculous Northern Ireland accent. Makes me wince just thinking about it.
Angel - Firewall Question: And Firewall can be added to that long list. Check out this hilarious joke trailer I found on YouTube, sending up Mr.
Ford's attraction to this kind of role. Anyway, back to the film and Angel, which is heard during the opening credits and is actually a pretty good use of the song, tapping into the fear of the surveillance society that we live in today.
So definitely good marks here for the opening. Pity that the rest of the movie had to be so formulaic. Its even probably the highlight of the Blade trilogy to be honest, even though they were never really my cup of tea. But you can't deny, Blade was the role Wesley Snipes was born to play. The result was the bass-pounding I Against I, in my opinion still the best output the band put out in the period in between Mezzanine and th Window. The use of I Against I in the film is one of the most badass scenes in the film in a film full of badass scenes.
Check out the YouTube embed if you think I'm lying. The track is only featured for about 30 seconds in the movie but it sure does make an impact. There was also the Blade 2 soundtrack album that came out at the same time as the film, that was billed as being a kind of rap vs. Unfinished Sympathy - Sliver I keep hearing over and over again how Massive Attack's music is ideally suited for having sex to.
I'll let you be the judge of that, but the filmmakers of this erotic thriller starring Sharon Stone obviously thought so, as Unfinished Sympathy is played over the soundtrack to this makeout scene, which I believe only gets more explicit as it goes on.
The YouTube clip however cuts off before anything too revealing is shown. I have'nt seen Sliver, so beyond the erotic thriller angle Sharon Stone seemed to star in loads of those in the 's , I can't really make much comment on it.
From the scant few reviews I looked up, it seems I'm not missing much. This would also be the first use of Massive Attack's music in a mainstream Hollywood feature. The first of many as we all know. Jackson stars in this urban drama. Spying Glass is used to good effect in the 2nd scene of the film, with Jackson's character returning to teaching after a 15th month absence, after being stabbed previously in his last school.
It's a good film dealing with violence in schools and the disenfranchised youth of L. It also has a memorable ending I did'nt see coming when I saw it a couple of years back. There's actually two Massive Attack tracks present in this film, the aforementioned Spying Glass and also Karamcoma played at a later point in the film.
Angel - Stay Ryan Gosling faces some personal demons of his in this clip from Stay, where Angel is well used as the soundtrack to a seedy strip club. I'm surprised no one had thought to use the two together like that before, but it certainly works here.
The film itself is well worth a watch in my opinion, as it plays as a superior version of Jacob's Ladder. Even though just by mentioning Jacob's Ladder if your at all familiar with that movie , I'm perhaps giving too much of the ending twist away.
Anyway, this is the 3rd and last time you'll see Angel on this list. Its by a fair margin the most used I would say overused Massive Attack track when it comes to being used in movie soundtracks. I get the appeal of it. It instantly creates a heightened mood and tension for any scene as soon as you hear the opening two bars of that awesome bassline. But as I mentioned, its overuse by music supervisors is starting to smack of laziness.
Maybe, Massive Attack or is it? EMI should cut down on licencing it so readily, but I digress The last one in that list tends to be forgotten but I've always appreciated its real life story about how the big tobacco industry operates. Another thing to appreciate about it is the film's soundtrack - an original score by Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard and a few other notable selections, from the likes of Graeme Revell, Gustavo Santaolalla and of course Massive Attack.
Actually, the use of Safe From Harm more accurately the Paul Oakenfold remix of SFH in this film's climax really adds to the sense of triumph Al Pacino 's character feels as he walks out the door at the end. It also helps that the song takes centre stage during this bit. Its a pity I missed this one in the cinema at the time, because it would have felt a real treat hearing Billy Cobram's bassline over the sound system in a enclosed theatre.
Teardrop - Prison Break TV So for this final entry, I'm kind of cheating as it pretty obvious to most this is'nt a film but a TV series, but I thought I'd include it for a few reasons. I wanted to have one instance of Teardrop on this list and the interesting fact is that at least for all its popularity, Teardrop does'nt seem to have been used in any films that I'm aware of, but has been used frequently on the small screen, most famously as the opening theme to House.
Because that one is so well known I did'nt want to include it on this list, so instead I went with when Teardrop was used on the soundtrack to an episode of Prison Break, that episode being titled "Tonight" and being the 20th of the 1st season of the show.
As for Prison Break itself, I remember watching it when it first came out. It was a great show, at least for the 1st season when afterwards it very quickly ran out of steam as most fans of the show would probably admit. Not comprehensive by any means but a good sampling of them. And of course, thanks for checking out this post!