Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Powder Keg (2001)

In 2001, BMW produced a series of 8 short films starring Clive Owen as The Driver.  They were made with the top action directors and various famous actors to showcase the performance aspects of various BMW cars.

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Writers: David Carter, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo Arriaga

Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams

Starring: Clive Owen, Stellan Skarsgard, Lois Smith

More info: IMDb

Plot: January 13, 2001. Times war photographer Harvey Jacobs is wounded while witnessing a massacre at Nuevo Colon by terrorists. In a desperate effort, the United Nations sends a vehicle to get him out, a BMW driven by the mysterious Driver.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Probably not.

Wow.  The bit at the checkpoint was intense.  The film is only 11 minutes but it packs an emotional punch.  This is the extended version (about 3 minutes longer, I think) that's on the DVD with the other 7 short BMW films.  It rounds out the disc and it's a great one to go out on.  Highly recommended.  Good score, too, by Harry Gregson-Williams.

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