Probably the first time I saw Clive Owen, it was in a film commissioned by BMW to advertise its cars. At the time, I didnt really care all that much about cars (I had one, and it was fine, and that was all I needed to know about that) but these short movies still had a considerable impact on me, mostly because they were so well-made.
The original series starred Owen as the The Driver, an otherwise unnamed protagonist with a flare for fine wheel work. They also starred BMW cars, which were very capable co-stars when paired with Owens keen ability to whip vehicles around in ways that frustrate opponents and get hard jobs done with a maximum of cool. The originals also featured a steady stream of star directors and on-screen talent, including then-power couple Madonna and Guy Ritchie.
Owens stoic Driver makes a return these many years later, having aged better than myself, and hes going on adventures with a new cast that includes standouts like Jon Bernthal (The Punisher from Netflixs Daredevil), Dakota Fanning and Vera Farmiga. The Escape isdirected by Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame, which means itll probably be better than most of the things youd pay $10 or more to go see in theaters today.
The Escapes inaugural episode (assuming there are more than one) will debut on October 23, which is just over a month away. If you didnt catch the original and are wondering what all the fuss is about, or you just want to relive the magic,check out this full playlistof The Hire on YouTube.