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The Escape (2016)

Not Rated | | Short, Action, Drama | 23 October 2016 (USA)
In this homage to the 15th anniversary of the original series of BMW short films, The Driver is hired to deliver a living human clone.


Neill Blomkamp




Credited cast:
Clive Owen ... The Driver
Jon Bernthal ... Holt
Dakota Fanning ... Lily
Vera Farmiga ... Dr. Nora Phillips
Michael Brown ... FBI Agent
Daniel Kash ... FBI Agent
Tennille Read ... Cop
Dave Tommasini Dave Tommasini ... Helicopter Pilot
Karl Campbell ... Mercenary (Helicopter Gunner)
David Jack ... Mercenary (H1) (as Taylor David)
Shawn J. Hamilton ... Mercenary (H1) (as Shawn Hamilton)
Amos Stern Amos Stern ... Mercenary (H2)
Steve Boyle Steve Boyle ... Soldier (H2)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rufio Luey ... FBI Agent
Carlos Pinder ... SWAT HRT Leader


The Driver is back, this time in the employ of ruthless mercenaries charged with delivering a living human clone: a teenage girl that knows only about the world she sees for the first time from what she's read. Pursued by the FBI, this is a job The Driver will see through to his own decisive conclusion. Written by talismanthirteen

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So That One May Live.


Short | Action | Drama


Not Rated

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A continuation of The Hire series of BMW short films. See more »


When the helicopter is initially going down, its' rotors clash with the railing on the overpass. A moment later, the same shot shows the helicopter on the ground, sideways and on fire, the railing on the overpass is intact. (the helicopter being brought down was done digitally, as was the railing being taken out).

Obviously, they did not bother to take out the railing for the second scene. See more »


Follows Beat the Devil (2002) See more »

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Possibly My Favorite Short Film
29 April 2020 | by monkeysgaloreSee all my reviews

A cool little short film, The Escape is easily the greatest commercial I've ever seen. Imagine if The Transporter (2002) was way shorter, had less action and no Jason Statham, but did have Clive Owen and Jon Bernthal. BMW should be proud.

Clive Owen does his best Jason Statham, channeling Frank Martin from the Transporter films. This role really suits Owen, and further proves that he would've been a great James Bond had they cast him some years ago. He's a good protagonist, mysterious and intriguing, and is complimented by Jon Bernthal, who is good as the villain. Bernthal plays his usual grizzled tough guy role to a T, and it works. Dakota Fanning and Vera Farmiga are both here, which was surprising. The performances are good overall, especially considering that this is just an extended advertisement. It's a very stacked cast for what seems like such a small production.

There's a bit of cool action, in the form of a long car chase, and there are some slick crashes and explosions. The stunts are tight, and the budget actually looked pretty big for something like this. Neill Blomkamp directed this, which isn't surprising when you see the action scenes. He brought us District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013), and Chappie (2015), and clearly has an eye for action scene structure and execution.

Definitely worth a watch, as it's such a minimal time investment anyway. Can't really be compared to a normal full-length theatrical film, but still great in its own right. This is the only time I've ever actually wanted a car after watching a commercial.

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Release Date:

23 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby Surround 7.1



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2.39 : 1
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