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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 The Follow (2001) See more »

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Good to see short films being so high profile, shame it does so little of merit with the time
19 November 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This short is a return to the very famous driver series of short films. These were made to market the BMW – featuring as very short adverts on television but fuller short films on the internet. The Escape returns to that with a plot seeing the driver transporting some form of clone with a heavy private military security escort.

As someone who watches a lot of short films, there is something good about seeing brands entering this space. It adds legitimacy for the casual viewer, and brings people into the habit of watching 8-9 minute long stories on the internet. So to see BMW putting their money and product back into it is encouraging – it is just a shame that the film itself is not. There is a lot of money here; it has names in front of the camera and behind it, and all of it looks expensive and very slick. But this is all it is. The vague plot has no hook, and the enigmatic style works against the film – keeping the viewer out emotionally, so the action has no weight.

It is a shame, because I wanted it to have the drama and intensity that the budget was more than able to support, but it doesn't deliver on that front, leaving the rest just looking expensive and glossy but without anything of more substance than that.

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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