Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ticker (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: Joe Carnahan

Writers: Joe Carnahan, Joe Sweet

Composer: Clint Mansell

Starring: Clive Owen, Don Cheadle, F. Murray Abraham, Clifton Powell, Bruce A. Young, Jimmy Ortega, Eli Danker, Ofer Samra, Amir Aboulela, Deron Cordero, Carlo Cordero, Tynan Grierson, Sean Barry-Weske, Ben Bray, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick

More info: IMDb
Plot: The Driver finds himself in a dangerous, yet highly political situation; this time being pursued by a helicopter gunship while carrying a passenger with a suitcase... the contents of which will decide the fate of a nation.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

It's amazing how much they pack into this short as well as the amount of great actors.  The first half soars with action and intrigue and the second gives us the emotional weight.  Not bad for 9 minutes.  The action is good but you've also got the great acting chops of Don Cheadle and that's what makes this one better for me.

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