Michael Bay’s films – Bad Boys, Pearl Harbourthe transformers Series – usually boil down to “gunshots, big explosions and car chases,” Matthew Bond said in The Post on Sunday. And all three are “big and deafeningly loud” in Ambulance, in which Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II play adoptive brothers who rob a bank together “only to have it all go horribly wrong.” Their only escape is by hijacking an ambulance in which a paramedic (Eiza González) is fighting for the life of a wounded police officer, with the result that the vehicle is being pursued by “pretty much the entire LAPD” within minutes. At its “pounding heart,” the film is a “macho adrenaline rush” — and while it’s “absurd,” it serves the purpose “if big action movies are your thing.”
Bay based this “silly” and “hysterically kinetic” film on a “skinny little low-budget Danish film” made in 2005, Peter Bradshaw said in The guard. He effectively put an IV in the “original film’s tiny arm and pumped it full of radioactive steroids.” The result is a “dull” appeal of “police cars whizzing through the air” and muscle men “snarling” through their beards. As a matter of fact, ambulance has “everything” you would expect from a film like this – except “actors who give a decent performance as believable characters in a serviceable script”.
“Well, I really enjoyed it,” Kevin Maher said in The times. “It’s not deep,” but it is the “smartest, most entertaining, boldest ‘Baytastic’ film” of Bay’s career. The pace is absolutely unrelenting; One sequence is so ridiculously tense that there was “audible howling” at the screening I went to. Of course it isn’t Citizen Kane; It’s a Michael Bay film. “But it’s more than that. It’s ‘the’ Michael Bay movie. Finally he made it.
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