Review: ‘The Escape’ at BMW Films

By Jonathan Spira on 24 October 2016
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DSC_0022 (1)As part of its introduction of the new BMW 5 Series, the Bavarian automaker had its newest sedan vanquish a Volvo truck, destroy a Bell 206 helicopter, and rescue a young girl – all in under ten minutes.

“The Escape” resurrects the BMW film series “The Hire,” a series of eight short (on average ten-minute) films that debuted 15 years ago. After the first eight, the series was discontinued due to its high cost but the Bavarians saw fit to resurrect it to celebrate the introduction of the new 5er.

It follows a similar formula – high-spirited driving and car chases with a BMW at the center of the action and previous films have involved director Ang Lee and filmmaker Guy Ritchie along with Emmy and Golden Globe award nominee Clive Owen as “The Driver.”

In “The Escape,” Owen’s character has to rescue Lily, played ably by Dakota Fanning (“War of the Worlds”) from the hands of Holt (Jon Bernthal) and an uncertain fate. Dr. Nora Philips (Vera Farmiga) “made Tulip and Rose and Daffodil… and me” Lily explains to the driver.

She is delivered to Dr. Philips despite the efforts of FBI agents, mercenaries, and soldiers with very big guns.

While the film is only 13 minutes, it’s quite engaging and isn’t an overt advertisement for the car, although the 540i M Sport is an important cast member.

Just don’t expect to be able to do much with that 5er as it has a few dozen bullet holes in it and is missing its sunroof.


“The Escape”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)