After producing movies for the past few months, Michael Bay is back behind the lens in 2022. His latest movie, the “Ambulance” thriller, opens from March 23, 2022 in France.
Recently, Bay produced “A Quiet Place Part II” – out this past June – as well as Songbird, a movie inspired by the pandemic, released on demand, then on Prime Video. As for direction, he directed 6 Underground for Netflix. But in 2022, the movie make of Transformers, Armageddon, and Bad Boys is back on the silver screen.
In Ambulance, Bay directs Jake Gyllenhaal (very good in The Guilty on Netflix) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Candyman, Us, Aquaman…) as the leads. As well as Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver, Alita: Battle Angel, Bloodshot, Godzilla vs Kong…) and Garret Dillahunt (Fear the Walking Dead, Army of the Dead…).
This is an American reboot of Danish thriller “Ambulancen” directed in 2005 by Laurits Munch-Petersen.
Honored veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) calls in the only trustworthy person, his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) to find money and pay for his wife’s medical fees. The latter – a long-time charismatic criminal – instead of giving him money offers him to perform the biggest bank robbery in the history of Los Angeles: 32 million dollars. Ready to do everything he can to save his wide, Will agrees. But when their business takes a spectacularly disastrous turn, the two brothers have no choice but hijack an ambulance with an old and deadly wounded cop and paramedic Cam Thompson (Eiza Gonzalez) on board. During the crazy high-speed chase that follows, Will and Danny have to escape from the over-motivated forces of order set all around the city, try and keep their hostages alive and prevent from killing one another while performing the most spectacular escape the city of Los Angeles has ever seen.
With Ambulance, Michael Bay - who made no movie since Transformers: The Last Knight in 2017, and mostly working as a producer - does Michael Bay. Ambulance is a mind-blowing movie with stunts, high-speed pursuits, and explosions every two minutes. A very fun and entertaining movie although the story is unlikely.
With his sharp photography style, Michael Bay shots Los Angeles, its freeway, its buildings and cotumed people from Hollywood Boulevard with lots of beauty. His camera is always on the move, the design being very dynamic, often paired with soft or deep music. And the latter participates to the permanent tension of the movie.
Full of humor, the movie director delivers many WTF scenes. An armed robber robbing in Birkenstock, bandits stuck in a lift with a grand-mother's cane, a policeman fixing robbers' truck that stalled... But the most improbable scene award goes to Eiza Gonzalez - playing a paramedic, making us think of Gabriela Dawon in Chicago Fire - performs surgery in a speeding off ambulance. It seems she is playing a game of Operation. Humor is always there, even in the line refering to Mel Gibson in Braveheart, Sean Connery in The Rock or even Dwayne Johnson.
Between jeering, smiling and joking Jake Gyllenhaal and more tensed Yahya Abdul-Mateen, viewers will not be bored. This movie is also the occasion for Michael Bay to focus on a deeper topic through the characters of Will (Yahya Abdul-Mateen): the destiny of veterans who did not serve their countries. And through both characters, Bay interferes with the bad guy/good guy limits because these robbers have a heart although the breaking ends in a blood bath.
Ambulance, painted in neon green, and always moving, reminds us of Speed or even Unstoppable.