District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp Hits The Streets Of Toronto With A Clone

If you were a movie fan back in 2001, there’s a good chance you took note of the phenomenon that was BMW FilmsThe Hire. Fresh off the surprise success of Croupier, Clive Owen starred in this series of eight BMW-themed shorts directed by major action directors (John Frankenheimer, Tony Scott, John Woo), artful auteurs (Wong Kar-wai, Ang Lee), and a trio of then-rising stars who have gone on to enjoy massive acclaim and/or commercial success (Joe Carnahan, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guy Ritchie). While these shorts were launched online several years before YouTube, they received an astounding 100 million views, giving BMW precisely the kind of glossy exposure it was looking for.


15 years since the launch of that series, BMW Films is back with The Escape, a new short starring Owen (who reprises his role as The Driver), Jon Bernthal, Dakota Fanning, and Vera Farmiga. In keeping with BMW’s tradition for working with major filmmakers, they’ve enlisted the services of Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie), taking advantage of the delays that Alien: Covenant has imposed on the director’s upcoming Alien sequel.

Filmed on the streets of Toronto, The Escape is basically a 14-minute commercial for the BMW 5 Series sedan, but it also tells a story that should be of particular interest to Orphan Black fans. The Driver’s latest customer is Lily/Number Five (Fanning), an escaped clone fleeing from authorities on the road and in the air. To find out where it goes from there, check out The Escape below.