Anders Bergstrom's blog on Words, Films, and Music

Monday, November 28, 2005


In 2001BMW, under the supervision of executive producer David Fincher, produced a series of 5 films to showcase their various cars. Rather than mere commericals, this series would be true short action films, all revolving around the unnamed character known only as The Driver. The Driver was played by a little known (at the time) British star called Clive Owen. This was my first exposure to Owen, who would go on to become a much larger star today. The series of films, called The Hire, added three more films in 2003. For a long time these films were available free on the internet at bmwfilms.com. Not long ago, BMW "retired" the films, but not before making it freely available on DVD (with minimal shipping and handling costs) to the fans of the series. I mark myself a huge fan of the series. Not only is Clive Owen one of my favourite actors, but I love BMW cars, and this series showcases some of the finest action directors of all time. Of course I ordered the DVD as soon as I got wind of this. My DVD finally arrived today!


The 8 films are directed by John Woo, Joe Carnahan (Narc), Tony Scott, the late great John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai (2046), Guy Ritchie, and Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams). And they showcase the acting talents of Gary Oldman, Don Cheadle, Madonna, Stellen Skarsgard, and Mickey Rourke among many others. They are thoroughly entertaining and finely crafted short films, showcasing some amazing driving and tense situations.

This DVD has been a long time coming. I'm very excited to have it now. I can't wait to watch it. Once I get a bit more work done on my paper for Chaucer and Middle Scots Poetry, I'm going to reward myself by watching a few episodes.

7 comments:

Luke said...

I love seeing madonna gettting jerked around

Luke said...

and the clive owen naration before the drive had me in stiches

Luke said...

but the tony scott one is unwatchable

CM said...

You'll enjoy these. My disc has been watched two-three times a year.

Yeah, the Tony Scott one is rather unwatchable - it might explain his last two movies, however...

Anders said...

Ok, after watching them all again. I'm thinking the three best are Ambush, Ticker (man, I wish Carnahan was stil attached to M:I-3) and Powder Keg.

Though I don't think Ride With the Devil is as awful as you guys think (I mean, Gary Oldman!).

Adam said...

Awesome films. I've seen three of them: Ticker, Hostage, and Beat The Devil. Ticker is easily the best one, although I think my personal favourite would be Hostage, simply because I think John Woo is awesome (also had great stunts and suspense). These films convinced me that Owen could easily have played James Bond... if not Daniel Craig.

Beat the Devil was weird, yes... but I agree, it's not as bad as people think. The cinematography was awesome during the big chase... and with Gary Oldman and James Brown, that really hightened things.

Adam said...

Btw, it is really unfortunate that Carnahan isn't on M:I-3 anymore -- especially considering his work on Ticker. Still, that one could be awesome...