BMW scored a viral video hit in the early 2000s with its The Hire series of short films that put A+ talent in clips staring the brand’s machines. Now, there’s a fantastic opportunity to watch them again because all of the episodes are on YouTube in 4K resolution on the channel Second Wind.
All of The Hire short films star Clive Owen as a character who simply goes by “The Driver.” As the name of the series suggests, each episode has a person employing the wheelman to do something, and the event always happens behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle.
BMW kicked off the series in 2001 with Ambush by John Frankenheimer. It proved to be one of his final directorial works before the director’s passing in 2002. Season one also included entries from Oscar winners Ang Lee and Alejandro González Iñárritu.
However, the most exciting entry in the first series came from director Guy Ritchie. He cast…