Coming this week to 4K Ultra HD, Bluray and DVD from director Michael Bay and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the chase with an AMBULANCE.
Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is a struggling veteran who is trying to get medical help for his wife. Not receiving any help on the telephone, Will keeps the family calm but wants to go visit the one person his wife wants him to stay away from – his brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal).
Needing money, Will turns to Danny knowing that his adoptive brother is a bit of a criminal. Oh heck, he is a LOT of a criminal and it only takes charm to get Will to agree to help. The pay out is a bank hit worth more millions than either can count.
Across town, paramedic Cam (Eiza Gonzalez) is working hard at her job. Jumping from call to call, her driver tries to understand her motivation and aloofness. When the bank heist goes from bad to worse, she recognizes the gun fire and heads toward it. They find an officer down and get him in the ambulance.
Officer Zac (Jackson White) is in not shape to help when Danny take the ambulance and its occupants hostage. Law enforcement begins to kick in led by Captain Monroe (Garret Dillahunt) and the chase is on. Not knowing what they are dealing with, FBI Agent Anson Clark (Keir O’Donnell) knows exactly who Danny is and what he is willing to do to get away.
Danny calls in all kinds of favors while Will tries to help save the Officer Zac and keep Cam from getting hurt. Choices are going to have to be made and both men are willing to make them. This is not a good day for criminals or law enforcement when chasing this particular ambulance.
Gyllenhaal as Danny is witty, sharp, charming and not afraid to use any means necessary to get what he wants. Dragging his brother Will into the mess is not exactly what he would have wanted but sees it as a way to help his brother. In an odd way I like Gyllenhaal in this role because of the way this character’s mind works and the crazy that comes out of his mouth.
Abdul-Mateen II as Will wants one thing and one thing only – help for his family. Knowing that he needs Danny’s help hurts about as much as what it going to happen for the rest of the day. Danny is a last resort but one that leaves Will with no other alternatives, or so he thinks. Abdul-Mateen II gives his character something his brother does not have – a conscience.
Gonzalez as Cam has her own reasons to be saucy and she is not about to share them with anyone. She wants to do her job, do it well and go home at the end of the day. Gonzalez gives her character a quick thinking under pressure paramedic who keeps a keen eye on everything happening. Going up against Danny is not a good idea but Gonzalez gives us a gal who will stand up.
Dillahunt as Captain Monroe sees what is happening as a bit steamy hot mess as Danny and Will seem to be taking over the city. He does not take much in the way of sass but he sure does give it out in little pieces. O’Donnell as Agent Clark tries to communicate that he knows the likes of Danny, his past with the law and why he thinks the way he does. Trying to stay one step ahead is exhausting but O’Donnell sees it to a shocking end.
Other cast include Olivia Stambouliah as Lt. Dzaghig, Colin Woodell as EMT Scott, Moses Ingram as Amy Sharp, Cedric Sanders as Officer Mark, Jesse Garcia as Roberto, Jose Pablo Cantillo as Jesus, Wale as Castro, Devan Chandler Long as Devan ‘Mel Gibson’ Long, Randazzo Marc as Randazzo, Victor Gojcaj as Victor, Briella Guiza as Lindsey and A. Martinez as Papi.
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Bonus Features include Bayhem, Pedal to the Metal, Aerial Assault, Finding AMBULANCE, Chase Capital of the World, and A Tribute to First Responders.
AMBULANCE is a thrill ride from beginning to end that does not let the viewer hardly catch their breath. There is so much action going on that is takes over the senses leaving little to time to ask a lot of questions.
Jumping from a police shootout to an ambulance chase, there are twists and turns that law enforcement do not see coming. There are also turns that the bank robbers did not seem to calculate for. Danny and Will take on a very intense paramedic in Cam but there is a method to it all for keeping the ambulance moving forward – preferably as fast as it possible can go!
If you are looking for a thrill ride with a very large screen and a sound bar to test it all on, then AMBULANCE will give everything and more. Prepare for the intensity and the chase and make sure to breathe!
In the end – it was supposed to be a simple heist!