Ambulance movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Big and true fans of Michael Bay’s movies will probably enjoy the action and chasing in Ambulance. This entertaining and violent action movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.


In Los Angeles, a man in need of money to pay off his wife’s medical bills and his brother steal an ambulance truck carrying an injured cop and a paramedic when their heist doesn’t go as planned.

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Movie details

Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González, Garret Dillahunt, Jackson White, Keir O’Donnell
Writer: Chris Fedak
Release Date (Australia): 7 April 2022
Runtime: 136 minutes/2h 16m
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains crime themes and depictions of surgical procedures.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains depictions of bloody wound and injury detail, as well as scenes in which people are shot and large blood sprays are depicted.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features often aggressive use of the word “f**k”, in addition to use of the words “s**t”, “bitch” and “ass”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film includes infrequent verbal drug references.

Sex (M)

The film includes a crude sexual reference including a sexualised use of the word “f**k”.

mpaa rating

R (for intense violence, bloody images and language throughout)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Although it’s far from perfect, Michael Bay’s fast-paced action movie delivers a prolonged chase sequence that’ll keep you distracted from your phone. His new film is both entertaining and commonly defected, but it doesn’t deserved to be bashed on the way it is so far. If you can tolerate or actually enjoy the director’s other works, this one might not be a bad choice.

Ambulance focuses on two brothers who hijack an ambulance vehicle to run from the cops after a failed heist. In the beginning of the story, they make it clear that their motives for the heist are to pay off the medical bills of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s wife. It takes a section of the movie to introduce us to the story, and then the heist sequence begins without a warning and happens really fast.

During the heist and when the car chase begins, this movie is bad at making you feel sympathy or root for the criminal characters played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. They do a decent job in the film, but we and the characters have something in common: we’re both motivated to keep watching to see what happens next because there’s a paramedic saving an injured cop in the ambulance they steal. That’s the only thing you truly root for in this movie; you only care about the cop’s life being saved and who cares that Las Angeles is completely destroyed.

Once the action has kicked off, Ambulance is also completely focused on the action and takes a few very short breaks for dialogue, making it entertaining and captivating. But everything’s captured through very shaky and jolty camerawork, so steer clear of this movie if you get nauseated by surgical scenes or unsteady movement in the cinema, because this movie’s cinematography is just excellent. Unfortunately, when it ends, it’s another one of those movies that makes and effort to try and touch you with some emotional rubbish, which is extremely unnecessary.

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