Release Date: April 8, 2022
Run Time: 2 hours & 16 minutes
Reviewed By: Edwina
“Needing money to cover his wife’s medical bills, a decorated veteran teams up with his adoptive brother to steal $32 million from a Los Angeles bank. However, when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate thieves hijack an ambulance that’s carrying a severely wounded cop and an EMT worker. Caught in a high-speed chase, the two siblings must figure out a way to outrun the law while keeping their hostages alive.“
If you’re a fan of action films, this is the one for you! I spent most of the movie with my heart in my throat and covering my eyes, but I’m sure that’s the reaction the director wanted.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this along with two actors I did not recognize, Eiza Gonzalez, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The story revolves around two “brothers,” Danny and Will. Not biological, but raised together by a criminal father. Danny and Will have gone different directions in life, but they clearly love and depend on each other. Danny is a bank robber and Will is a Marine. Will’s wife is in need of an operation that insurance won’t cover so he goes to Danny for the funds. The funds are available, but only if Will participates in the latest bank robbery. Initially reluctant, Will caves to the pressure of Danny and his need for the funds and is in for the ride.
Of course it’s predictable that everything that can possibly go wrong, does, including shooting a police officer, stealing an ambulance, and taking hostages. While going through high speed chases, explosions, and gunfire… the treating EMT completes emergency surgery, blood transfusions, and saves the life of the police officer. Drug dealing bad guys are part of the end game which leads to a grand finale shootout where many lives are lost, but even a movie like this can have a positive ending!
I went to this with my husband, who is a paramedic and he was able to point out numerous discrepancies in the film. Protocols were shown that were not based on reality and would never be allowed, but as he always says, “it’s a movie!”
I would rate Ambulance a 7.5 out of 10. As a person with anxiety and not a fan of action films, the noise, constant crashes, gunfire, and overall loudness was hard for me. Admittedly though, it was an exciting film that left me rooting for the “good” bad guy and hoping for something positive. Believe it or not, there were even several funny moments. If you’re a fan of action, you will probably rate this one higher, but either way it’s definitely a film worth seeing!