Michael Bay’s Ambulance is an anxiety-filled thrill ride through the streets of Los Angeles.
Ambulance is the latest film from Michael Bay that is not part of the Transformers franchise. It stars Mysterio ( Jake Gyllenhaal) and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who play brothers that carry out a bank heist that goes wrong. It will be in theaters on April 8th, 2022.
When decorated veteran Will Sharp played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, he asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t, his adoptive brother Danny played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Being the charismatic career criminal he is, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million.
Ambulance was so much better than I anticipated. I went in with low standards and came out extremely pleased. Over the years, there have been many heist movies, but this one should become a gold standard thanks to Michael Bay. The cinematography is impressive, and the camera work in many scenes is mind-boggling, which should be no surprise due to Bay’s background and famous filming style. 90% of the movie takes place in a speeding Ambulance that is trekking throughout the streets of Los Angeles. So many shocking moments remind you that this movie is indeed Rated – R.
Jake Gyllenhaal never disappoints as he plays a manic and unhinged criminal in this movie. His over-the-top performance adds plenty of suspense to this actioned packed thriller. Likewise, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s performance adds heart to the film and plays the calm to Gyllenhaal’s crazy. And if you are worried that this film takes itself too seriously, don’t worry. There are plenty of gags and laugh-out-loud moments to balance the bloody and ludicrous thrill ride.
I give Ambulance 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is a glorified car chase filled with shootouts and explosions for 2 hours and 12 minutes which is worth the price of admission.