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Ambush (2001)

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A mysterious BMW driver must protect an eccentric old foreigner from criminals.

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The Driver is a shadowy BMW driver who serves as a chauffeur. On a dark night, he is carrying an elderly old Cuban. They are startled by a van full of armed terrorists, demanding a cache of diamonds stolen by the passenger. At first the Driver is willing to give it up, but when he learns that his cargo actually swallowed the diamonds, he decides to do the right thing. Written by Bloggers

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John Frankenheimer revealed in an interview that none of the footage in the film is sped up. The stunt with the semi was done at the speed seen in the film, and they really did race down the highway in excess of 120mph. The latter required a mile of the highway to be lit, as the film was also really shot at night (not day-for-night). See more »

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When the BMW avoids hitting the oncoming truck, the right rear light is broken. A few seconds later, the right (now intact) rear light is destroyed again by a shot. See more »

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BMW: Great Cars, Great Commercials
19 November 2001 | by (The Pacific) – See all my reviews



Leave it to BMW to create a promotional DVD of shorts ("The Hire")featuring their cars. The directors list is stunning: Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Ritchie, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The range of the shorts go from the giddy (Ritchie) to the vainglorious (Inarritu), yet all are entertaining. From a strictly commercial sense, the efforts put forth by Frankenheimer and Ritchie present the best balance of entertainment and product endorsement. Basic plot, great stunt drivers, fast paced sound track, tongue in cheek humor. Perhaps a better representation of advertising, than great short films, "Ambush" et al were first made available over the Internet through BMW Films.com. Frankenheimer will soon resurrect "The Exorcist" saga with fellow short film writer/actor William Wisher. One can't help but to think that this little short was a safe promotional boost after the highly disappointing "Reindeer Games". All in all, not a bad way to spend fifteen minutes.


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