Ex-marine Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) needs money for his wife Amy’s (Moses Ingram) medical expenses, having been hung out to dry by Veteran Affairs. Luckily, his brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a career criminal about to pull off a 32-million-dollar bank robbery, and there’s always room in the crew for family. Things go horribly wrong, and the pair wind up in a stolen ambulance with EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza González), wounded and likely dying cop Zach (Jackson White), and what seems to be the entire LAPD on their tail, under the command of the determined Captain Monroe (Garret Dillahunt). They gotta get away, and they gotta keep Zach alive, as he’s the only thing stopping Monroe from unleashing hell on them. And we are off to the races …

Ambulance is a remake of the 2005 Danish film of the same name by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen, but the real backstory here involves director Michael Bay getting antsy when the Covid pandemic put the kibosh on a planned film and wanting to do something smaller and more intimate that he could do on location with minimal cast and crew. Ambulance, with all its explosions, gunfire, and the inclusion of a low rider with a minigun mounted on the passenger seat, is apparently what passes for “smaller and more intimate” in Bay’s mind. This is his character drama — his My Dinner with Andre (1981). It just involves Jake and Yahya firing machine guns and ruminating on the bro code a lot while being stuck inside a moving vehicle for much of the running time.

Read more at Mr Movies Film Blog.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.