Ambulance: Movie Review

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Ambulance Movie Review: Visual Noise

We must admit that we're not the biggest fans of Michael Bay movies. His excessive approach was never our kind of thing. And in "Ambulance", our opinions on his style of filmmaking still holds true. This was a film that didn't need to be more than two hours long. And this was a film that was a barrage of so much unnecessary fluff that we just wanted it to end midway through the film.  
Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal), a career criminal, plans the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles’ history. With him is his brother Will (Yahya Abdul- Mateen II) who is desperately trying to raise money for his wife’s medical bills. Danny tasks Will to be his designated driver and most trusted ally in the $32 million heist in broad daylight and right in front of the LAPD office. But unforeseen incidents derail their plan that results in an all-out battle of brawn and wits against the police force. The brothers soon encounter an ambulance led by Cam Thompson (Eiza Gonzalez) with a wounded cop. This as their only chance to escape, Danny and Will execute the craziest curveballs while trying to keep the injured hostage cop and the frontliner safe and alive.
To describe "Ambulance" with one word it would be "tiring". For us who like our films with a tinge of believability in them, "Ambulance" tested our wits time and time again. The whole narrative was just ridiculous with a criminal mastermind coming to a bank heist without any mitigation plans or recruiting his brother the very last minute before they do the actual deed. And that's just for starters as the whole narrative is littered with so much craziness that we just found ourselves laughing endlessly at the nonsensical ideas the film presented its viewers. If you're in for all-out action though then you might enjoy it a lot. Michael Bay employed some unique drone shots that impresses but those shots don't really tie-up to anything that's happening on-screen and the car chases were literally endless but fun nonetheless. The leads in particular had great performances even with their limited characterizations. Our easy favorite was Eiza González who literally was the saving grace within the film and for the film. Unfortunately, "Ambulance" just wasn't our cup of tea. Its bombastic approach never fancied us before and we're not surprised that we left disappointed still.   
Rating: 1 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- if you love Michael Bay's style then you'll probably love "Ambulance"
- Eiza González was a surprise in this film

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it was too fantastical for our taste
- the excessive noise was just too much 

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