One word movie titles like this one say it all. Michael Bay’s latest cops and robber’s movie has the juice. The actors, the explosions, and the chase. Bay movies have a certain look to them—Transformers, Bad Boys, and Pain & Gain. So, here’s our take on the Ambulance movie review.
The movie will remind you of the 90s classic Heat or a more modern Den of Thieves that stars Gerard Butler and O’Shea Jackson Jr. And just like in those films, these guys will be bangin’ it out, in out in broad daylight, with the cops.
I can hear several people online putting Ambulance and Heat in the same sentence. They don’t belong in the same book and that’s not a bad thing. Ambulance must stand on its own.
Comparing it to Heat is like putting the latest gangster film up against the Godfather. Heat’s cast includes Pacino, DeNiro, Kilmer, Voight, etc. And Godfather, well, fuhgeddaboudit.
Gyllenhaal and Yahya always give commanding performances (Enemy, Prisoners, Nightcrawler and The Matrix Resurrections, Us, Candyman respectively).
Jake Gyllenhaal (Danny Sharp) is a career criminal with one idea after another. Whatever it takes to make a buck. His brother William Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) needs a quarter of a million dollars for his wife’s surgery.
With no idea how to raise this amount of money, he turns to his brother. After some convincing by his brother, William is talked into joining him in a bank robbery. But this is not some local satellite bank branch—their target is one of the biggest in downtown Los Angeles.
With a take of $32 million it’s no wonder the robbery gets screwy almost from the onset. And things really go sour when a LAPD officer gets in the way of a bullet.
This Michael Bay Ambulance movie is a remake based on the 2005 Danish film of the same name. And just like in that one it’s one thing after another in what seemed like a simple job. Ambulance will most likely not have the staying power of Heat. But it’s not trying to. So, maybe the comparison will stop and you can watch two great actors in an action thriller that’s worth a look.
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González
Release date: April 8, 2022
Runtime: 136 minutes