The Hire is a short film about a driver getting his passenger to the exact destination without getting hurt and on time. Much like The Transporter films. But just that The Driver (Clive Owen) doesn't do guns, he otherwise makes use much of his brains, hands and feet. Hands on the steering and gear, feet on the accelerator, brakes and clutches, and most of brains to outwit the baddies!
Most of the episodes can be considered as my favorites. But my top 3 favorites are WKW's The Follow, Guy Ritchie's Star and Tony Scott's Beat The Devil. These 3 has great video angles being taken especially from WKW's tailing scene from afar.
Episode 1 - Ambush:
Episode 2 - Chosen:
The Driver avoiding all 4 cars from getting shot and to protect the holy child behind
The Driver protects a holy Asian child (Mason Lee) that was brought to America by boat. Based on the holy child dressings - he's probably from Tibet. The child then gives The Driver a gift but says that he is not supposed to open it yet. After being pursued by many armed assassins, and being grazed in the ear, he delivers the boy to another holy man. However the boy signals silently to The Driver indicating the man is not a real monk (who is wearing a pair of cowboy boots). The Driver defeats the impostor and rescues the boy. Before The Driver leaves, he opens the gift which is revealed to be a Hulk bandage for his bleeding ear. So to said that Ang Lee brings Hulk in as a cameo.
Episode 3 - The Follow:
The Driver is hired by a nervous movie manager (Forest Whitaker) to spy on a paranoid actor's wife. During his tailing of the wife (Adriana Lima), the Driver describes the right way to tail someone. As he follows her he begins to fear what he might learn of her apparently tragic life, which ends with him giving the manager's money back. The wife was evidently trying to leave the country to find her mother but was beaten at one point, most likely by her husband (Mickey Rourke).
- with Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke, and Adriana Lima
- Directed by Wong Kar-wai (WKW)
- Featured the BMW 3 Series and the Z3 roadster
Episode 4 - Star:
paparazzi in an embarrassing end on the red carpet.
Episode 5 - Powder Keg:
The Driver is drafted by the United Nations to rescue a wounded war photographer named Harvey Jacobs (Stellan Skarsgard) from out of hostile territory. While they are leaving Jacobs tells the Driver about the horrors he saw as a photographer, but he regrets his inability to help war victims. He gives the Driver the film needed for a New York Times story and also his dog tags to give to his mother. When they reach the border, they are confronted by a guard who begins to draw arms as Jacobs begins taking pictures, trying to get himself killed. The Driver drives through a hail of gunfire to the border, but finds Jacobs killed by a bullet through the seat. The Driver arrives in America to give the dog tags to Jacobs' blind mother (Lois Smith).
Episode 1 - Hostage:
The Driver is hired by the FBI to help defuse a hostage situation. A disgruntled employee has kidnapped a CEO and has hidden her, demanding $5,088,042. The Driver delivers the money, writing the sum on his hand as instructed by the hostage taker. After he is told that he holds the life of a person in his hand, he is ordered to burn the money. As he complies, the federal agents break in and attempt to subdue the man, who shoots himself in the head before he reveals where the woman is hidden. The Driver then tries to find the hostage before she drowns in the trunk of a sinking car. As a twist, the kidnapped woman is revealed to be the hostage taker's lover. She coldly taunts the dying man in the hospital.
Episode 2 - Ticker:
A wounded diplomat with The Driver rushes against time to deliver the mysterious briefcase
The Driver drives a wounded diplomat (Don Cheadle), who carries a mysterious briefcase, while under helicopter attack. The Driver manages to destroy his pursuers, but refuses to proceed without knowing the contents of the damaged briefcase. It is revealed that the diplomat guards a human heart for a peacekeeper, whose life is needed for the continued freedom of the people. The case is delivered, and the tyrant is forced to give up his attempt to take the country by force. The Driver leaves for another mission.
- with Don Cheadle
- cameos by Ray Liotta, F. Murray Abraham, Robert Patrick, Clifton Powell and Dennis Haysbert as US agents.
- Directed by Joe Carnahan
- Featured the BMW Z4
Episode 3 - Beat The Devil:
James Brown in a car with The Driver upon visiting the Devil in Las Vegas
In November 1954, James Brown (as himself) traded sunrise for sunset to be rich and famous. This time he's all old and he can't do anymore splits; and he tried to make another deal with the Devil (Gary Oldman) by trading for another soul for another 50 years. The bet is on the drag race between The Driver and the Devil's driver (Danny Trejo).
- with James Brown, Gary Oldman, Danny Trejo and Marilyn Manson
- Directed by Tony Scott
- Featured the BMW Z4