Ambulance Review – IGN

Ambulance will debut in US theaters on April 8, 2022.

Action movies don’t have to be big, bold, brash displays of guns, violence, and car chases. Some take an altogether more measured approach, layering plot and dialogue to underpin a thrilling story, using action sequences to punctuate a gripping story.

Ambulance does absolutely none of that.

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After all, one scene sees the EMT perform impromptu surgery using a hair clip while being walked through the procedure by a surgeon friend over Zoom. But González’s no-nonsense heroine is unwavering in the face of danger. She’s not particularly complex – neither are Gyllenhaal and Abdul Mateen’s characters. But there’s joy to be found in the simple plot, executed amid a hail of gunfire, in the back of a speeding ambulance, with Bay’s signature explosions wreaking havoc around them.

It’s an audacious film in more ways than one. Only Bay can get away with directly referencing his own movies throughout the film’s already cheesy dialogue. The tongue-in-cheek nature of a cop talking about bad boys is more than a little reminiscent of Hot Fuzz.

It’s a fast-paced thrill ride all round with breakneck cuts and a frantic energy.

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That’s all down to his signature style. It’s a fast-paced thrill ride all round with breakneck cuts and a frantic energy you won’t find anywhere else. Sure, it’s a bit exhausting to sit through over two hours of edge-of-your-seat action and not-quite-whip-smart quips from Gyllenhaal’s cash-obsessed hustler. But you’re rewarded with an action-packed finale that will leave you feeling positively energized.

Ambulance is a high-octane delight for anyone who loves the complete and utter mayhem of an over-the-top action thriller. It’s not particularly clever, or original. But Ambulance does deliver the kind of thrilling, fast-paced action that’s been missing in cinemas for the last few years. It’s perfect popcorn fodder with a healthy dose of explosions, chase scenes, and that signature fast-cutting, frenzied style that made Bay a household name.

Don’t expect too much and Ambulance will give you a healthy shot of adrenaline long before you risk flatlining.

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