Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Hostage (2002)

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: John Woo

Writers: David Carter, Vincent Ngo, Greg Hahn

Composer: Steve Jablonsky

Starring: Clive Owen, Maury Chaykin, Kathryn Morris, Darius McCrary, Gerry Becker, James MacDonald, Robert 'Rock' Galotti, Lyon Reese, Gina Briganti, Christopher Gilbertson, Shannon Holzer, James D. Dever

More info: IMDb

Plot: The driver races to locate a kidnapped victim locked in the trunk of an abandoned car somewhere on the water's edge. Linked to her only by cell phone, the driver narrows in on her location in a desperate race against time and tide.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

The great thing about these short films is that they're short.  This one is expertly directed by John Woo and it's very stylish and 'Hollywood cool'.  It's also totally retarded and unbelievable once The Driver races like mad to save The Hostage (Morris) from drowning in the trunk of a car that's sinking in the bay.  Fucking retarded. How did the car get in the water to begin with when The Kidnapper was miles away?  In this world it takes several minutes for a car to sink.  AHHHHHH!  Shit like this pisses me off.  They were doing so well up until that point.  Other than that, it's fun.

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