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  • Director 
     John Woo
  • Actors 
     Clive Owen, Maury Chaykin, Kathryn Morris
  • Year 
  • Notable Appearance 
     HK MP5A4, Smith & Wesson Nickel Plated Revolver
  • Story 
  • Combat Scenes 
  • Weapon Variety 
  • High Factor 


One of a series of short films financially backed and distributed by BMW, this film is available for viewing on the BMWFILMS website. Hostage is one of the few really attractive short films on the site amongst other action packed mini-flicks that flaunt BMW's latest hardware. Most of these films also involve some sort of gun play that adds excitement and intensity - either handguns, machine guns, or helicopter mounted squad guns as in the 8 minute movie Ticker. There are some guest appearances by familiar stars but most of them star Clive - BMWFilm's designated actor.

With only 8 minutes to work with, the film leaves much of what happened previous to the climax to the viewer's imagination with many hints that indicate the personalities and plot that unfolded prior to the moment unravelling in the film. Hostage is about a man who is obsessed with a woman - a high profile CEO of a leading burger chain. Possibly suffering from a romantic fallout with the lady, he kidnaps her and orchestrates a ransom heist to extract some sort of emotional vengence on her.

Our hero (obviously brandishing a shiny BMW Z4 roadster) interjects to spoil the plan, along with a small team of SWAT members who storm the hold-out location with MP5A4s. Filmed in beautiful John Woo style, we especially liked the slow motion sequence as the culprit loads a single bullet into his nickel plated S&W revolver. Watch it to see what we mean. Oh, and don't even try this with dial-up. Broadband downloads will typically take approximately 20 minutes for a full 8 minute sequence movie.

Also don't forget to check out all the movies in the first season - with another host of action packed 8-minute squences that are perfect for viewing at the office when you get a bit bored. Just remember to turn the sound down!