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Powder Keg (2001)

Not Rated | | Action, Short | June 2001 (USA)
January 13, 2001. Times war photographer Harvey Jacobs is wounded while witnessing a massacre at Nuevo Colon by terrorists. In a desperate effort, the United Nations sends a vehicle to get ... See full summary »


Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)


David Carter (story), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... The Driver
Stellan Skarsgård ... Harvey Jacobs
Lois Smith ... Mother
Javier Zaragoza Javier Zaragoza ... Paramilitary 1
Luis Francisco Escobedo Luis Francisco Escobedo ... Paramilitary 2
Gilberto Barraza ... Paramilitary 3
Alfredo Escobar Alfredo Escobar ... Begging Man
Carlos Torrestorija Carlos Torrestorija ... Police 1
Marco Pérez ... Contra 1 (as Marco Antonio Pérez)
Arturo Amaro Arturo Amaro ... Contra 2
Socorro Avelar ... Contra Grandmother
Ibet Reyna Campos Ibet Reyna Campos ... Contra Woman
Carlos Álvarez Carlos Álvarez ... Police that Dies
Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Soldier with Radio
Iván Rafael González Iván Rafael González ... Contra Boy


January 13, 2001. Times war photographer Harvey Jacobs is wounded while witnessing a massacre at Nuevo Colon by terrorists. In a desperate effort, the United Nations sends a vehicle to get him out, a BMW driven by the mysterious Driver. Written by Bluefire_72

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Action | Short


Not Rated





English | Spanish

Release Date:

June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hire: Powder Keg See more »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song at the end of this short film, "Una Palabra" by Carlos Varela, became more famous with the 2004 film, Man on Fire. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the 2002 official BMW FILMS DVD release of THE HIRE, a slightly longer edit of the movie can be found. There is an additional scene with Stellan Skarsgaard and some rebels assisting him. There are additional additions and extensions throughout the movie on the DVD. See more »


Followed by Hostage (2002) See more »

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Among the best of the The Hire commercials
3 December 2004 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

What makes this commercial really stick out from the others is the filming style, which seemed documentary-like. While I found this style a little annoying at first, I ended up actually enjoying it and liking the commercial for being different without being bad(like the one Ang Lee misdirected). The cinematography is very good, and gives us some great intense sequences. The acting is great, both by Clive Owen and Stellan Skarsgård. Owen must have gotten very much used to his character of The Driver by this point, so it's interesting to see him in a more emotional take on the character. Skarsgård is very good as the war photographer, and his final speech, though going very close to crossing over into being cliché, manages to work perfectly and arouse actual emotions in the viewer, rather than just being sappy, manipulative drivel(which this sort of thing almost always is). The action(the little there is) is great and the amount is just right. It's obvious that this was more about story and characters than action and thrills, and director Alejandro González Iñárritu pulls it off perfectly. It's rare to see something so short that manages to hold your interest without a lot of action and whilst managing to tell a story so beautifully and emotionally. While I prefer Ambush over this one, I think it's a great commercial. I recommend this to fans of the commercials and of this type of stories. 8/10

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