In a foreign country with no name, the Driver is transporting an injured man with a mysterious briefcase while under attack from a helicopter. This is how Ticker begins (with Don Cheadle, Clive Owen, Ray Liotta, Murray Abraham, Robert Patrick, Cliff Powell and Dennis Heysbert, directed by John Carnahan) During the attack, the briefcase is hit by a bullet setting off a countdown on the display and an unknown grey liquid begins to seep from the bullet hole. The Driver manages to make the helicopter crash but refuses to continue without knowing what is in the damage briefcase. He finds out that the man is safeguarding a human heart destined to be transplanted into a Statesman (shown in military uniform), whose life and peace are necessary for keeping the country’s inhabitants free. The Driver delivers the heart on time for the transplant operation. There is also another military official that the car passenger had said would become a tyrant if his superior died and his uniform matches those of the soldiers who had tried to stop the heart from arriving at destination. The US agents make sure that the official cannot interfere with the surgery and he is therefore obliged to give up trying to take the country by force.
Adrenalin-raising and with a series of twists, just like every film directed by John Woo. The Hostage (with Maury Chaykin and Kathryn Morris) is pure entertainment. The Driver is hired by the FBI to help solve a situation with a hostage. An unhappy employee has kidnapped a managing director and hidden her, demanding a ransom of $5,088,042. The Driver comes with the money, writing the sum on his hand according to the kidnapper’s instructions. After having been told that he has a person’s life in his hands, he is ordered to burn the money. As expected, the federal agents break in and try to overcome the man who shoots himself in the head without telling them where he has hidden the woman. The Driver then tries to find the hostage before she drowns in the boot of a sinking car. In the end, the kidnapped woman turns out to be the kidnapper’s lover who she taunts on his death-bed in hospital. (Fabio Schiavo)