Clive Owen returns as The Driver

This car ad will have you on the edge of your seat

Words: JJ Dunning
Images: BMW/YouTube

Clive Owen and Dakota Fanning star in a hi-octane new film for BMW, directed by Neill Blomkamp. 

We’re pretty sure that car adverts aren’t supposed to be as gripping as a Hollywood movie.

Try telling that to BMW. The Bavarian car giant has revealed its new short film promoting the 2017 5 Series, complete with helicopter crash, freeway chase, explosions, gunfire, and moral messaging on the subject of human cloning. ‘Papa? Nicole?’ it ain’t.

The Escape is a ten-minute short film directed by District 9’s Neill Blomkamp. The film stars Clive Owen as The Driver, a role he also played in BMW’s 2001 and 2002 film series, The HireDakota Fanning stars as Lily, The Driver’s very precious cargo, whom he has to help dodge bullets, the FBI and a falling helicopter in his brand spanking new 540i. No big deal.

Buckle your seatbelt and enjoy it below…

  • Clive Owen appeared in The Hire, a series of eight BMW films in 2001
  • Famous passengers included James Brown, Madonna and Gary Oldman
  • The Escape is directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9)

Where you goin’, Mr. Owen? The Driver gets Lily (Dakota Fanning) out of a spot of bother.

© BMW USA/YouTube

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