Action and film fans should be excited for The Escape. This is the first of several new short films from BMW, which once again finds Clive Owen as an unnamed driver behind the wheels of various BMW automobiles, performing odd jobs for various (mostly evil) individuals. As was the case with the original set of films, these shorts are all directed by several notable filmmakers, who bring their distinct style to the proceedings.
The Escape is directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie), which at least allows the director a chance to freshen up his talents, before taking on his Alien sequel that keeps getting talked about. Now, for all who are as excited as they should be, a new trailer is available that provides a good preview of what is to come.
As can be seen in the trailer above, Owen is for sure back in the role of the driver and looks even more intense than before. It may have been nearly 15 years since this driver has been seen in action, but it still looks like he has his work cut out for him. Owen is also joined by Dakota Fanning as his passenger, Vera Farmiga and a menacing Jon Bernthal. The story being told is fairly vague at this point, but one can glean that the driver is getting Fanning’s character out of danger and a lot of people want to stop him.
The original BMW films, which was a collection referred to as The Hire, were made back in 2001 and 2002. Blomkamp will be joining a strong list of previous directors, which includes John Woo, Tony Scott, Ang Lee, Joe Carnahan, Guy Ritchie and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Each director was able to make their entry their own, which should ideally allow Blomkamp to show a small dose of what makes his direction stand out.
While Blomkamp has proven himself to be a competent action director, the films that followed his breakout success that was District 9 both suffered from his work as a writer. Since these BMW films are fairly straightforward shorts, this should be a way to keep Blomkamp on track, with only enough room to tell a tight action tale. Not hurting at all is the presence of Owen, who has the kind of screen command needed to appear like more than just a guy selling a car.
Hopefully lightning will be able to strike again with this new series of shorts, as they can be a lot of fun. The original films were incredibly popular and that was before there was even a Youtube to easily watch them. With so many ways to view media online, one can only hope audiences will be even more ready to go for a ride with the driver again.
The Escape will premiere on BMWFilms.com on October 23.