review by Bobby Blakey
Love him or hate him there is no denying that Michael Bay knows how to bring the action. Outside his trip into the world of Transformers he delivered The Rock, Bad Boys films, and 13 Hours to name a few. His latest flick Ambulance looks to take him back to the action genre starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Eiza Gonzalez. Could this be another great Bay entry into the action world or will it fail to find a pulse?
Ambulance follows decorated veteran Will Sharp, desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t—his adoptive brother Danny. A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million. With his wife’s survival on the line, Will can’t say no. But when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life and ace EMT Cam Thompson onboard. In a high-speed pursuit that never stops, Will and Danny must evade a massive, city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen.
There is no denying that this is a full on Michael Bay film in the best possible way. The film style reminded me of Bad Boys with a clear new usage of drone filming that offered up some awesome dynamic shots that really gave the film a unique look. The story is pretty simple to get us to the meat of it all with just enough story for our main three to keep them interesting without bogging down what is really leading this flick, the action. Sure there are some holes and moments that some might fine eye roll inducing, but I thought it delivered
exactly what I expected it to.
This movie is a blast and is a nonstop action spectacle that is essentially one long car chase that works to perfection. This isn’t high end cinema, nor is it trying to be. This is popcorn action that is crafted by a master of the genre that I have really missed from him. I know he has done some others similar in the last few years, but this one was balls to the wall all in and I was here for it. The cast all do a great job and not only give it their all look to be having a blast bringing the action.
While this focuses mostly on the ongoing car chase there are also plenty of gun toting action that pulls no punches and lays Las Angeles to waste at every turn. I had a blast with this flick and am so happy to see Bay bring us back to this kind of old school action.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including featurettes that take you behind bringing this film to life and so much more. Join the chase and grab your copy of Ambulance available now on digital and then on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on June 14th from Universal Home Entertainment.