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12:30 PM | 24.11.2016
The Escape 24 November 2016

The Escape

BMW Films


The Escape

BMW Films

Launched in 2001, BMW Films’ “The Hire” was a series of eight groundbreaking online short films starring Clive Owen as an enigmatic driver for hire. Each film was a unique story, with David Fincher and Ridley and Tony Scott acting as executive producers.

The films were helmed by acclaimed directors John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan and Tony Scott, and featured stars like Madonna, Gary Oldman, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, F. Murray Abraham and James Brown.

Available only online and released four years before the invention of YouTube, the films were critically-acclaimed and fifteen years later still have a cult following.

Enjoy a selection of behind-the-scenes images and watch the full version of "The Escape" below. 


After the controversial disappearance of their Chief Medical Officer, a shadowy bio genetics company is under siege by the FBI for secretly cloning humans. 

Recording film & sound at the standoff between the FBI and mercenaries from Molecular Genetics
Director Neill Blomkamp and Stunt Supervisor Guy Norris discuss the choreography of an action sequence.
Jon Bernthal and Dakota Fanning from a scene inside Molecular Genetics, a shadowy biotech company in The Escape.
Jon Bernthal, who plays the bad guy in The Escape, discusses a scene with Director Neill Blomkamp.

Amidst the chaos, Molgen’s head mercenary Holt (Jon Bernthal) is sneaking out the last living clone, a young woman named Lily (Dakota Fanning) to a mysterious buyer. 

Holt has hired The Driver (Clive Owen), accompanied by a heavily armed squadron of fellow Molgen mercenaries, to evade the authorities and deliver Lily and himself to the buyer. 

Director Neill Blomkamp with Jon Bernthal and Dakota Fanning.
Filming a stun for the final action scene in The Escape.
Stunt driver, Matt Mullins, prepares for a driving action sequence.

The journey takes an unexpected turn and Holt is forced to take matters into his own hands, as the driver once again demonstrates his mettle and extraordinary driving skills.

Jon Bernthal prepares for a stunt in the climactic action sequence in The Escape.
Recording an action sequence.
Director Neill Blomkamp goes over a driving action sequence with Clive Owen, The Driver.
Getting seriously close to the action.