Ambulance (2022)

Will (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is a highly-skilled ex-veteran.  In the present day, Los Angeles, Will is doing everything he can to pay his wife’s medical bills as she has cancer.  Left with no other choice, he decides to speak to his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) about money, even though Will’s wife tells him to avoid it.  When Will seeks help from Danny, we discover there is more to Danny than meets the eye.  Danny is heavily involved in several criminal activities.

Danny has been planning the ultimate robbery heist and invites Will to join him.  This heist will allow them to earn (steal) enough money to cover all of Will’s bills with cash leftover.  Feeling there are no other choices available to him, Will accepts Danny’s offer.  Along with a small team, the two rob a bank loaded with up to thirty-two million dollars in cash.  Everything is going perfectly fine with the robbery until one visitor makes everything go awry.  Soon Will and Danny are on the run and hijack a nearby Ambulance complete with a patient and a nurse named Cam (Eiza González), who are now both hostages.  Now, Will and Danny will do everything they can within their power to survive the day and get away from the police once and for all.

It’s no secret that Director Michael Bay loves making wild action films.  But when it comes to Bay, his last few films have been ever so disappointing.  Here, Bay is going back to what feels like his original 90s roots.  I’m proud to say Ambulance is an entertaining action film with unpredictable outcomes.

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Performances are great, especially from the two leads played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.  The two leads convince us they have a strong past and history in their family upbringing, and it’s clear they would do anything to protect each other at all costs.  Jake Gyllenhaal is having a blast here.  I enjoyed seeing the actor exuding a charming, likeable presence in one scene and flipping his personality to a completely ruthless, crazy criminal within seconds.  Eiza González is great as Cam and delivers intense and dramatic moments; however, I can’t deny that her character is written with familiar and cliché characteristics.

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Eiza González as Camille “Cam” Thompson in Ambulance, directed by Michael Bay.

Regarding action, everything on display is thrilling, loud, and exciting.  The film contains many cars getting smashed along with various shootouts, and the list goes on.  The action metre here is certainly high and doesn’t disappoint.  The visuals are strong, mostly clear, and great to see.  Bay has reintroduced the use of slow-motion during action scenes, along with a new style we’ve yet to see from him.  Aerial and drone filming help give this film a true rollercoaster experience.

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While action scenes are jaw-dropping and strong, I can’t deny that I struggled with the Director’s filming style during certain key scenes, which feel like they were done with a shaky handheld camera.  I understand this type of film style or technique is used in action films to create a strong level of realism, but some shots I couldn’t handle watching.  I even had to close my eyes several times as I felt like I was riding a rough ride at a local theme park.  I accept this issue is more of a personal choice, but it’s still worth noting for those not overly fond of it.  Like most Michael Bay films, the Director forces a few comedic moments.  This is hit and miss; plus, the Director enjoys making fun of previous films he has directed such as Bad Boys, which only made me groan due to the level of corniness. 

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Jake Gyllenhaal as Danny Sharp in Ambulance, directed by Michael Bay.

Overall, Michael Bay has delivered a film that feels like a solid flick from the ’90s.  Leading performances from both Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are highly convincing, and the two are terrific when they share the screen.  As always, given the Director, the action scenes do not disappoint.  Car smashes and various gun shootouts reminded me of films such as Heat from 1995.  While moments of action are highly entertaining and wild, some key scenes are filmed in a shaky handheld style, which sadly pushed me to close my eyes at various times.  Some gags don’t work either and have a high level of cheesiness.  For the most part, this is certainly an action-packed film that hits strongly, being both entertaining and brainless, which is highly welcomed.  

6.6/10

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

6th April 2021
Written by Peter Walkden

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Two friends, Julia (Chynna Walker) and Kyle (Richard Rennie) are on a road trip to get Julia to an important show she's featuring in (stand-up comedy).  Kyle is along for the ride to help drive and provide general support where possible.  But while driving,...

For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

Set on Halloween, the film introduces a hard-working nurse named Romina (Lora Burke).  After finishing a long shift, Romina goes straight home, but when she walks through her front door, she soon finds she’s not alone.  A stranger is hiding out in her house,...

Red Rocket (2021)

Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) travels by bus back to his hometown in Texas City with only $22 in his wallet.  Freshly arrived in town, he knocks on the door to his wife's house, Lexi (Bree Elrod), who lives with her mother.  Covered in bruises and scars resulting...

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) lives with her older brother Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and her mother Callie (Carrie Coon). Daily, the family struggle to make ends meet and are even evicted from their current home. Soon the family receives word that Phoebe's grandfather has...

Apex (2021)

Set in the future, Thomas Malone (Bruce Willis) is currently in prison, serving a life sentence for a crime he was not involved in. Thomas is an ex-police officer and has a past resumé which makes him a human deadly weapon.  Invited to be the prey in a dangerous,...

The King’s Man (2021)

You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across a rather twisted and regal version of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure when you first read the plot outline of "The Kings Man." A collection of history's very worst criminals and tyrants are plotting to wipe out...

The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Continuing on from The Matrix Revolutions (2003), we meet Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a well-known software developer. Known for developing many creative video games, Thomas feels lost and almost robotic as he completes his daily routines.  He begins to see...

Licorice Pizza (2021)

Set in San Fernando, 1973, Licorice Pizza follows the life of two young people- Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman), a celebrity superstar and Alana Kane (Alana Haim).  Gary is convinced that Alana is the love of his life, but there is just one problem.  His new...

Sing 2 (2021)

Following the original Sing (2016), Buster Moon (Voiced again by Matthew McConaughey) and his ragtag theatre troops are faced with a new and exciting challenge.   The challenge is unlike anything they've done before, to pursue a reclusive rock star named...

West Side Story (2021)

Based on the well-known Broadway musical (1957), West Side Story (2021) explores various themes and stories, including a dangerous rivalry between two street gangs of different ethnicity.  One gang calls themselves the Jets and the other the Sharks.  On the...

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Continuing from where we left Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his close friends in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), the entire world now knows the secret identity of Spider-Man.  Peter now spends his days dealing with the public, not to mention constant...

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

Set in the year 1998, Umbrella Corporation has kept Raccoon City alive. However, things worsen for the high-tech pharmaceutical company when suspicion grows within the community.  Strange mishaps occur, including unusual deaths, and several dead bodies randomly...

Henchmen (2018)

Set in the near future, the film follows a young man named Lester (Thomas Middleditch), who has a heart and passion for becoming the ultimate henchman. But becoming a skilled henchman takes hard work and regular attendance at "Union of Evil", the school of...

Rose Plays Julie (2019)

Rose (Ann Skelly) thinks about her mother all the time. She wonders what kind of life she is living and what her mother is doing. She also thinks about what it would look like if the two were ever to meet face to face.  What kind of conversations would they have,...

Dune (2021)

Based on the well-known science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert, Dune follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), the son of a noble and well-respected family. Paul begins to have unexplained visions and dreams, which could be visions of moments from his future....

The Card Counter (2021)

Beginning with narration from William Tell (Oscar Isaac), we find out key details about this character's past.  Some of the important details include the fact William served a long time in prison and, while bored behind bars, he decided to learn and master the...

The Advent Calendar (2021)

Eva (Eugénie Derouand) has been a paraplegic since a tragic accident three years ago. Currently, Eva enjoys swimming as a hobby and gets by financially working for an insurance company.  When Eva’s birthday comes around close to Christmas time, it seems she will...

Ditched (2021)

Melina (Marika Sila), a paramedic, and a group of other people wake up in an upside-down ambulance.  Shocked and surprised, Melina and the other survivors attempt to recall what happened to cause the ambulance to flip and crash. Melina recalls she was in the...

The Tunnel: The Other Side of Darkness (2021)

When it comes to Australian cinema, it’s no secret that we’ve all seen films that are just another found footage movie. Thankfully, some films were quite successful, memorable, and different from the rest. One of them was a mockumentary, The Tunnel, which was released...

The Tunnel (2011)

Natasha (Bel Belia) has carefully assembled her team, which consists of Peter (Andy Rodoreda), Steve (Steve Miller) and Tangles (Luke Arnold).  This group of journalists are investigating several government cover-ups relating to water, homelessness, history, and...

Titane (2021)

To describe this film’s plot in writing is one of the biggest challenges I have come across as a film reviewer. Titane begins with moments that are either tragic or uncomfortable.  None of these moments quite make sense and are unexplainable and bizarre....

Battle Drone (2018)

The film begins with the introduction of six highly skilled mercenaries. After completing another successful mission, the CIA approaches the group’s captain, Vincent Reikker (Louis Mandylor), with another job requiring him to reassemble the team and fly out to...

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

Continuing on from Venom (2018), Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a host for the alien symbiote known as Venom. In the present day, Eddie is determined to get his life back on track.  Right now, he’s known for being a failed reporter, currently single and struggling to...

The Browning Version (1994)

After teaching for over eighteen years, Andrew Crocker-Harris (Albert Finney) is wrapping up his final days. His wife Laura (Greta Scacchi) will also be retiring after serving fifteen years.  When the school’s headmaster reveals to the students that Mr Andrew...

Best Sellers (2021)

Harris Shaw (Michael Caine) is an exhausted and angry old author who has since retired from writing. He lives his days trying to write on his typewriter while drinking alcohol and smoking heavily. Harris has decided to hide from the rest of the world, putting signs on...

Blue Bayou (2021)

Set in Louisiana, the film follows a Korean-American man named Antonio (Justin Chon).  Antonio lives with his partner Kathy (Alicia Vikander), who is currently pregnant, and his step-daughter Jessie (Sydney Kowalske). Right at the start of the film, we learn that...

Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

Max Mercer is a 10-year old who has desires to get some quiet time away from his family. His wish is granted by mistake when Max is left home alone after his family fly out to Tokyo. On the flip side, we are also introduced to a married couple named Rob (Jeff...

The War Below (2021)

During World War I, the British are losing the fight as the German forces grow stronger each day and take more ground.  Soon, a major discovery is made that the Germans are working underground, keeping their forces hidden from the battlefield. ...