When it comes to blockbuster explosive cinema there’s one director who reigns supreme: Michael Bay. And now he’s ready to unleash his trademark directing style, with a focus on claustrophobic danger and intense dramatic narrative-led action, in Ambulance, and this film will send your adrenal gland into overdrive.
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While he’s long been known as the king of blockbuster cinema, director Michael Bay changes things up a bot here in Ambulance and focuses more on the dramatic intensity of a bank robbery gone wrong and themes of brotherhood, trust and danger in his pulse-pounding new action-thriller.
Bringing together an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza González, Ambulance cranks up the intensity and makes for a singular pursuit film. After a failed bank robbery that sees brothers Danny and William Sharp (Gyllenhaal, Abdul-Mateen II) on the run from the LAPD, they hijack an ambulance and are thrust into the situation of caring for the very cop that got caught in the crossfire of their heist gone wrong. What escalates from there is a back and forth game of cat and mouse as Danny, Will and EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza Gonzalez) attempt to stay alive in the explosive pursuit and this is Bay unlike you’ve never seen him before.
Gonzalez herself has described the production as “it felt like a small independent indie movie that we were doing in the back of an ambulance, and then I see the humungous explosions and I’m like oh, it’s still a Michael Bay film”. Bay’s presence as a filmmaker and style as a director was also a key part of Gyllenhaal signing up to the project, and Ambulance’s style and directness of narrative feel very much in line with the director’s recent films such as 13 Hours and Pain and Gain, films which had a heavy focus on narrative and character.
Here’s the official synopsis:
William Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is a war veteran who desperately needs $231,000 for his wife’s surgery. He reaches out to Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal), his adoptive brother and a life-long criminal, who talks him into taking part in a $32 million bank heist. The robbery goes wrong when they shoot an LAPD officer. The pair are soon on the run in an ambulance with an EMT and the dying officer as their hostages.
Brace yourselves for one hell of an action experience when Ambulance arrives in cinemas on April 7.
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