After a 15-year hiatus, BMW Films is back with yet another thrilling episode titled ‘The Escape’, and if ‘The Hire’ series in 2001 was anything to go by, we didn’t expect anything less than a star-studded cast, a blockbuster director at its helm, and lots of gunfire.
If you haven’t already watched ‘The Hire’, you should. The series of eight online short films also starred English actor Clive Owen as an enigmatic driver for hire. Each unique in storyline, the films were directed by stalwarts in the film industry, such as Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie and Tony Scott. You’ll also find many familiar faces within — Madonna, Gary Oldman and James Brown have all had cameos in the films.
Now, Owen reprises his role as The Driver for ‘The Escape’. The new film follows a similar science-fiction-meets-action-movie formula, condensing as many explosions, car chases and stunts a la Fast and Furious into a mere 11 minutes. Be prepared to be at the edge of your seat throughout.
We don’t want to spoil it for you, so here’s a little synopsis without revealing too much. Jon Bernthal (of The Walking Dead) plays the villainous Holt who’s trying to sell the last living clone, Lily (Dakota Fanning) to a mysterious buyer. Hiring The Driver (Clive Owen) to evade authorities during the delivery, he ends up having to take matters into his own hands when the journey takes an unexpected turn. Did we mention the 5 Series looks great?
Watch the short film below.