Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Clive Owen Returns in New BMW Films Short “The Escape”
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Clive Owen Returns in New BMW Films Short “The Escape”

Latest short film features new 5 Series

Alex Nishimoto
Oct 25, 2016

It's been 15 years since BMW made its first foray into Hollywood with BMW Films and its short film series "The Hire." In celebration of that milestone, and to plug the new 2017 BMW 5 Series, BMW Films produced a new short film titled "The Escape," starring Clive Owen who reprises his role as the driver.

The short film, which runs roughly 13 and a half minutes, begins with some TV news clips that help set up the story. We're introduced to a company called MolGen that has apparently been illegally experimenting with cloning. The company's evil plans have been exposed and now private security forces have been hired to destroy evidence and deliver the last "specimen," played by Dakota Fanning, to an unknown customer. With the FBI banging down the door, one of the private security mercenaries, played by Jon Bernthal of "The Walking Dead" fame, forcibly takes Fanning's character out back for transport. It's here that we see the new 5 Series, a 540i model, with none other than Clive Owen at the wheel.

Dakota Fanning and Jon Bernthal with 2017 BMW 540i in BMW Films The Escape Photo 2/3   |   Dakota Fanning and Jon Bernthal with 2017 BMW 540i in BMW Films The Escape

The two get into the car and a chase ensues. Whether it's because something rubs the driver the wrong way about Bernthal or he had ulterior motives the whole time, he veers off course and orders the mercenary out of the car. Now the 5 Series has to evade sniper fire from a helicopter, all while giving the camera glamorous close-up shots of the car's redesigned front end and letting the audience hear that turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six at full song. The 540i might seem like a questionable choice for a getaway car, but the twin-turbo V-8-powered 550i isn't available at launch. That means the turbo-six's 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque will have to do for this big-budget product placement.

2017 BMW 540i front view from BMW Films The Escape Photo 3/3   |   2017 BMW 540i front view from BMW Films The Escape

The driver delivers the specimen and drives off, presumably to the next the job. The story is short but action-packed, and like the original "The Hire" series, features Hollywood-level production value. It's unclear if BMW Films has more installments in store, but the Bavarian brand certainly has new models on the horizon that Clive Owen could potentially promote. Check out the full short film below.

Source: BMW via YouTube

By Alex Nishimoto
153 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

A roundup of the latest in accessories
StaffJul 21, 2017
Porsche has released a series of videos that takes viewers through the production line and the paint process for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
Jonathon KleinJul 20, 2017
We get our first look at the BMW M8 GTE race car that will debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and mark BMW's return to Le mans in 2018.
Alex NishimotoJul 20, 2017
A group of Americans caravan from their homes in the US through Europe to reach the biggest VW show in the world
Jamie OrrJul 20, 2017
We get some seat time in GRC Racer, Alex Keyes' MK6 GTI which has been upgraded with Unitronic's full lineup of powertrain mods.
Bradley IgerJul 19, 2017
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP