Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González
Release Date: June 14, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
In this action thriller directed by Michael Bay, veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman), desperate for money, turns to his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch) for help. A career criminal, Danny instead offers him a huge score. But when their heist goes awry, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop and paramedic (Eiza González, Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw) onboard. Will and Danny must evade a city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape LA has ever seen.
Please Note: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Ambulance’ follows veteran Will Sharp, desperate for money to cover his wife’s increasing medical bills and getting nowhere with his pleas to insurance companies. Willing to do whatever it takes in this desperate time, Will reluctantly joins his adoptive brother Danny and his team to rob a bank with a guaranteed massive payday. But when the heist goes terribly wrong, Will and Danny hijack an ambulance along with a paramedic and a wounded cop as hostages in order to escape. With the authorities hot on their trail and things growing out of control, the pair lead law enforcement on a dangerous and explosive chase throughout the streets of Los Angeles in the Ambulance while trying to not to kill each other in the process.
Directed by Michael Bay (Bad Boys, Transformers) from a screenplay written by Chris Fedak (TV’s Prodigal Son), Bay does a great job at the helm of ‘Ambulance’ guiding along the explosive action and fun throughout with plenty of style. The film’s cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Candyman 2021), Eiza González (Godzilla vs. Kong), Garret Dillahunt (Army of the Dead), Keir O’Donnell (TV’s Fargo), Jackson White (TV’s Mrs. Fletcher), Olivia Stambouliah (TV’s The Walking Dead), Moses Ingram (TV’s Obi-Wan Kenobi) and more, with the majority offering capable and fitting performances for the most part in each of their respective roles.
‘Ambulance’ is Bay at his best; a wild, hyper paced thrill ride loaded with explosive action and a chase across the streets of Los Angeles unlike anything you’ve seen before. It may not be rich with originality but it also never attempts or pretends to be anything more than a wild and thrilling good time with some heart around the edges and more than enough insane action to keep you engulfed. Instead of trying to find unnecessary ways of crafting something overly clever from the material, it wisely chooses to perfect the action sequences and excitement and certainly delivers admirably in that department to say the least. Not to mention serving up one of the wildest and long-running chase sequences throughout the streets of Los Angeles we’ve seen; something that’s quite spectacular to behold in itself.
I would strongly encourage trying to make a point of checking out ‘Ambulance’ whenever possible if you’re a fan of Michael Bay’s chaotic action films or any/all of the primary cast. Anyone that simply enjoys a tense and action-packed chase film that will keep you glued to the screen for its duration will also probably find a lot to love about this one. It’s a rip-roaring good time that any action movie fan probably won’t want to miss out on and is well worth taking the time to give a chance.
Overall, ‘Ambulance’ is a massively entertaining ride loaded with some spectacular action sequences and no shortage of thrills, balanced with just enough heart on top of it to keep viewers caring about the characters to at least some degree. With a solid cast to help propel it along and keep viewers easily engrossed throughout its two hour plus runtime and director Michael Bay doing what he does best and crafting one breathtaking action sequence after another in explosive fashion. ‘Ambulance’ is definitely recommended, especially for anyone that’s a fan of Michael Bay’s films in general and even if you just appreciate a simple, yet incredibly enjoyable action thriller that knows exactly what it wants to be and delivers constant fun and chaos with style throughout. It should easily prove well worth a couple hours of your time and the price of a rental for anyone that’s already even slightly interested in this one.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Ambulance’ features a full 2160p Ultra High Definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, presented in its original 2.35:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks absolutely magnificent from start to finish and delivers a clean, richly colored and beautifully detailed presentation that never suffers from any issues or unexpected troubles along the way. It holds up flawlessly even amid the consistently fast moving sequences and plethora of high-octane action sequences, only managing to exceed expectations every step of the way. The Dolby Vision addition only manages to improve things all the more and provide a truly gorgeous color level with blinding bright colors and deep, brilliant blacks that are always well balanced throughout. Overall, this is a phenomenal Ultra High Definition video presentation across the board that never fails to impress and should thoroughly thrill fans and first time viewers alike.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack is magnificent in its own right and provides a crisp, clean and wildly aggressive audio presentation throughout. It constantly utilizes all seven available channels in order to send bullets, vehicles and a whole lot of other action activity, along with bits of dialogue and plenty more regularly whipping throughout the various speakers, while still making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible. Overall, this is a spectacular Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that delivers impressively every step of the way and shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Ambulance’ includes some solid extras that fans of the film should enjoy. Included on the release is a collection of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore different aspects of bringing the film to life, featuring interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘Bayhem’ (running approximately 6 minutes in length), ‘Pedal to the Metal’ (running approximately 9 minutes), ‘Aerial Assault’ (approximately 5 minutes), ‘Finding Ambulance’ (approximately 5 minutes), ‘Chase Capital of the World’ (4 minutes) and ‘A Tribute to First Responders’ (7 minutes).
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Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’ Arrives Home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD on June 14, 2022 & is Now Available to Own on Digital from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
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