Here in England K2 was released with this score instead of the one many other reviewers have raved about. The two tracks are slightly annoying for being so long, especially as there are some clear gaps where a new track mark would have helped. Aside from such petty points, the score is pretty good as a showcase for Zimmer's extraordinary synthesizer music which has become so much more famous in recent years. The thing I liked least about the whole thing was the Pete Haycock electric guitar stuff that feels like a stamp staying "this film was made in the early 90's" whereas the synthesizers alone could work just as well in a film today. The main theme is terrific at bringing across the feel of a huge, awe-inspiring yet dangerous mountain and I felt it fit the film really well, in many cases adding real power to some of the great wide location shots. The music reaches a couple of major climaxes, simliar to Crimson Tide or Backdraft, and you really get that heart-rousing feeling that only Zimmer (or his proteges at Media Ventures) can give. The second of the two is the music that accompanies the wonderful climactic shot where the helicopter hovers up into view right at the end. So those of you out there who can't get your hands on the European version, play track 2 9m 30s over that helicopter shot and you'll get a feel for just how amazing Zimmer's music is for the film.
I would agree with a previous reviewer in saying that this is not necessarily suited to Zimmer newcomers but once initiated through the likes of Backdraft / Crimson Tide / The Rock, it's a welcome addition to his repetoire. I give it four stars instead of five, a) because it's too short considering how much more music there was in the film and b) because Mr. Haycock's guitar is just a bit too cheesy for comfort.
Other similar scores worth checking out: Broken Arrow, The Peacemaker, 4 tracks from The Lion King, Point of No Return, Speed, Twister, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Con Air, Deep Blue Sea.