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The Hire back to product details

Half the time you drive a BMW, you will get shot at.
written by Cugat February 8, 2006 - 12:56 AM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Thats what I learned from this disc.

It reminds me of some of the stuff they play before movies in the theater. The interesting part is seeing how far they go to avoid having the BMW lose races or appear like a steaming pile of metal after getting shot up.

Wow, pretty good
written by rmarkd November 19, 2004 - 4:08 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A compilation of 8 short movies ~10 minutes each, The Hire starts off pretty lame (IMO) and gets better. Each directed by a different director but all starring Clive Owen as "The Hire". My favorites are "The Chosen", "The Follow", "The Star", "The Powder Keg". My favorite of those is easily "The Star". Directed by Guy Ritchie and with a surprise guest star (geez... guess who), this one is the only real comedy as The Driver is made to take a superdiva on "the ride of her life". I know, it's a cliched term, but it fits the movie -- literally.

2 movies disappointed me (The Hostage, Beat The Devil) and I feel most who see this will not like every short, but I also feel that most will like at least a few of the shorts.

Yes, most of the movies are basically an extended commercial for BMW (except the last movie, strangely) but they also work. The car chases are great and, of the shorts I enjoyed, the plot was interesting.

If you don't see them all, I highly recommend seeing "The Star". Funny, lots of action, and a different style of acting for Owen. I saw this one a few times before returning the DVD. This short is about an 8 or 9. The other movies range from 5-8. So, all in all, about a 7.

Nice Shorts, Nice Driving
written by amp9020 October 29, 2004 - 12:13 PM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I almost all the short films they have here.
As clear as it is, its a promo for BMW.
If you dont mind thier advertising, then you will enjoy the short films by various directors. The stories are pretty interestsing. A few of them really stood out and I didn't want them to end. The driver is really talented. The stunts he pulls off are amazing. If you looking to be amazed on what a bmw can do with a professional driver...please check out this dvd! =c)

Great short films that just happen to be BMW ads
written by ColonelKong July 31, 2003 - 8:04 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Yeah, these are basically extended BMW ads, but I think that these films are a lot more honest about their intentions than most modern action movies, which are so full of product placements that they're practically 2 hour commercials you have to pay to see.

Of course, these are some very good BMW ads, at their best, they're like great mini-action movies (well, Wong Kar-Wai's wasn't really an action movie per se), and I think some of them are much better than some of the feature films these directors have made! Even the Guy Ritchie one with Madonna was pretty good (even though it's my least favorite of the collection). There's some very interesting work on display here from filmmakers as diverse as the late John Frankenheimer (his film Ambush was the next-to-last thing he directed), Ang Lee, Tony Scott, John Woo, and Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu. Too bad they didn't get Billy Friedkin to do a French Connection or To Live and Die in LA-esque short film, but I guess you can't have everything. It's interesting how much freedom BMW gave the directors to crash, shoot up, and generally abuse the cars. Of course, they recommend that you always wear your safety belt and that you do not try this sort of thing at home. :)

I unfortunately cannot afford a Beemer, but I still enjoyed these short films a lot.


(Average 6.60)
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