Director Michael Bay chooses the films he directs sparsely and Ambulance is his first effort since 6 Underground in 2019. Here the plot concerns Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), in desperate need of money for his wife’s medical bills and asks for help from his career-criminal brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal), who instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million.
But when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop and EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza González) onboard. In a high-speed pursuit, Will and Danny must evade a massive law enforcement response and keep their hostages alive, while trying to execute the craziest escape L.A. has ever seen.
The cast, especially the two leads are excellent in the roles, but director Michael Bay has made the most headache-inducing film for many years, with crazy fast-paced editing which could be tolerable if he kept the camera still for just one second so we could see what the hell was going on.
I think he was given a couple of drone cameras for Christmas because there are so many hyper-kinetic shooting style shots running down the side of skyscrapers and following helicopters and chasing cars that it gets tiresome very quickly. It’s a real shame as there is a decent cop thriller/chase movie fighting to get out, but just gets lost in the director’s frenetic shooting style.
The film is a remake of a Danish thriller called Ambulancen, made in 1975 and while that ran a slim 95 minutes this remake is far too bloated and overlong at 136. Even multiple references to earlier Bay films fall flat, I guess Speed with Keanu Reeves is the closest comparison made in Hollywood, but that is much more slick and enjoyable than this.
You could always rely on the films from Michael Bay to be enjoyable, such as Armageddon or his best film, The Rock, and I would recommend you go back and watch that classic and not waste your time on this overblown and poorly scripted action movie.
The Blu ray is released in June.
FILM – 4 OUT OF 10