Armed with a Speed-esque argument – a crazed ambulance racing through Los Angeles – Michael Bay signs a gloriously anar and gleefully kamikaze manifesto.
The pitch is of course reminiscent of Speed : After a robbery gone wrong, two bandits (Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) flee in an ambulance with a rescue worker taken hostage (Eiza Gonzalez) and a dying cop – the forces of the order cannot therefore shoot at the vehicle to stop it and a monstrous chase begins on the freeways of LA Michael Bay also pays tribute to Heat and even allows himself winks at Rockhis own 1996 vintage classic. But if a mood nineties travels Ambulance, it is above all a film from here and now, the director having taken advantage of the state of semi-lethargy in which Los Angeles was plunged, because of health restrictions, to consider the city as a huge playground and the investing in a guerrilla-cinema way. At first, he also appears almost too intoxicated with the possibilities available to him. The camera makes bewildering loops in the air before crashing down on the asphalt – it’s very funny but we don’t really understand what meaning it has. Corn Ambulance, in reality, you has to wear out. The film operates on a pure principle of inflation and entropy. The longer, the better – at Bay, things are sometimes as simple as that. A few skids doped with black humor (a surgical operation carried out via Zoom!) recall the most perched moments of Bad Boys 2 and give the whole thing the air of a gloriously anar and joyfully kamikaze manifesto. The profession of faith of a real cinema freak.
From Michael Bay. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Eiza Gonzalez… Duration 2h17. Released March 23, 2022