After the controversial disappearance of their Chief Medical Officer, a shadowy bio genetics company is under siege by the FBI for secretly cloning humans. Amidst the chaos, Molgen’s head mercenary Holt (Jon Bernthal) is sneaking out the last living clone, a young woman named Lily (Dakota Fanning) to a mysterious buyer. Holt has hired The Driver (Clive Owen), accompanied by a heavily armed squadron of fellow Molgen mercenaries, to evade the authorities and deliver Lily and himself to the buyer. The journey takes an unexpected turn and Holt is forced to take matters into his own hands, as the driver once again demonstrates his mettle and extraordinary driving skills.
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"The Escape" is a 13-minute live action short film from 2016, this year, and actually it was released only a week ago.
It follows the tradition of BMW promo movies from the early 2000s and this one was made by Oscar-nominated South African writer and director Neill Blomkamp ("District 9"). It is the 15th anniversary of these films all made by fairly famous directors and this one here is no exception. Apart from a clearly aged Clive Owen picking up his Driver character again, there are also the Oscarnominated Vera Farmiga in here as well as rising talent Dakota Fanning and Jon Bernthal. Let me start by saying that I liked some of the older BMW films, but I did not end up loving any of these and some I just found really bland and boring. Frequently, it was all about the action and the story was really so weak or almost non-existent that it was not good enough to justify a movie made about it. They obviously wanted to make sure it is all about the car and the action resulting from it. I do not approve of this approach though and this is why I do not think this is a quality sequel to the series. Thumbs-down from me. It felt like a very empty movie in terms of story and characters and they failed in making it relevant. Not recommended.