The ever dependable Danny Elfman took over scoring roles after Alan Silvestri's score was rejected by director Brian De Palma. Here, Elfman provides all the tools necessary for a great action/suspense score. Lalo Schifrin's famous Mission Impossible theme is present only 3 times in this score. It is presented in full in "Mission: Impossible Theme", subtly quoted in "Red Handed", and heard in full at the end of "Zoom B". Replacing the famous Mission Impossible theme is Elfman's own suspense/thriller theme that is used in several, if not almost every track. While not as good as Schifrin's theme, Elfman's theme is still good in that it captures the twists and turns of the film's plot. An interesting and unique thing about this score is that all of Elfman's creative orchestrations can be heard. The music is mainly percussive in nature with strings and brass. "Sleeping Beauty" opens the score with a thrilling percussion solo, which leads to Elfman's main theme. "Red Handed" contains flutes that sound like a cuckoo clock (listen to see what i'm talking about before you decide that i'm crazy). "Big Trouble" is a great action cue with chasing strings and plenty of percussion. Elfman saves the real action music till the end. "Train Time" is an explosive brass filled action cue with a 4 note motif played really loud. "Zoom B" is the best action cue by far with plenty of knockout action music that leads into an explosion of Elfman's main theme on brass, which then leads to Schifrin's legendary theme that closes off the album. All in all, a terrific score, which although largely underuses the legendary Mission Impossible theme, still stands as a solid original work. A solid recommendation.