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Ambush (2001)

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

Director:

John Frankenheimer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clive Owen ... Driver
Tomas Milian ... Passenger
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2001 (World-wide) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hire: Ambush See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anonymous Content,BMW Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The car seen in the final scene actually had been wrecked into a tree during filming. John Frankenheimer commended BMW for allowing the filmmakers to show the cars being heavily damaged in what is essentially a commercial. He also said that showing the BMWs actually being damaged, then continuing to race along at over 100mph illustrates just how remarkable these cars are. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Car Thief and the Hit Man (2001) See more »

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More adrenaline pumping than "The Fast and the Furious".
16 April 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Although the movie is just a few minutes short, it still is more adrenaline pumping than as for instance "The Fast and the Furious".

The movie is a great beginning of "The Hire" series! The car chase is well directed by John Frankenheimer who already showed with the movie "Ronin" how well he can direct scene's like that. The story is written by Andrew Kevin Walker ("Se7en", "Sleepy Hollow"), produced by David Fincher (director of "Se7en", "The Game", "Panic Room", "Fight Club") and the cinematography is from action specialist Newton Thomas Sigel. So there was lots of talent involved in making this short film and that is really notable. You can clearly see it had been made with lots of profession.

Clive Owen is perfect as The Driver. For some reason he is boring but cool at the same time. I most certainly wouldn't had mind seeing him be the new James Bond but it looks like that honor is going to someone else for the moment. The passenger is played by Tomas Milian who is best known for his role in "Traffic" and some smaller roles in "Amistad" and "JFK".

A very nice short with some excellent action in the car chase!

7/10

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