Movie Ambulance is a 2022 American action thriller movie that Michael Bay both directed and produced. It is a joint effort of New Republic Pictures, Project X Entertainment, and Bay Films, and it is based on the Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen film of the same name from 2005.
Universal Pictures released the movie on April 8, 2022, in the US. When Sony postponed Bullet Train from April 8 to July 15, leaving the release date available for another movie, it was originally scheduled to arrive on February 18, 2022, the same day Uncharted would debut.
Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Universal “paused” the movie’s theatrical run in that country. On May 23, 2022, the movie was made available digitally and on video-on-demand.
Movie Ambulance’s Plot Summary
This is not meant to imply that viewing “Ambulance” is in any way soothing.
The opening scene of the movie uses emotional manipulation by sweeping over prescription drug bottles and medical bills that are bathed in the same golden light that surrounds Will’s devout wife Amy (Moses Ingram) as she holds their new baby.
The couple’s finances are at their breaking point as a result of Amy’s cancer diagnosis. In order to borrow money to cover Amy’s imminent operation, Will unwillingly re-connects with his flamboyant, glib brother.
Danny, though, who Gyllenhaal portrays as having Red Bull and cocaine for breakfast every morning, gives him one better: How about an $8 million payout to satisfy the insurance companies rather than a few hundred thousand dollars?
Movie Ambulance’s Direction and Photography
A dizzying roller coaster ride made all the more disorienting by Michael Bay’s hyperkinetic filming, “Ambulance” is, in other words, all peak and no dip. Early speech sections feature dramatic low-angle shots of the characters as the camera pivots around them.
Once the chase begins, the erratic drone photography—one of director Michael Bay and cinematographer Roberto De Angelis’ favorites is to zip up the side of a DTLA skyscraper before plunging nauseatingly back toward the concrete—and frantic editing makes it occasionally difficult to tell who is pursuing whom and in which direction.
Additionally, the readability problem is made worse by the flaming police cars that are flying in all directions, even right at the camera.
But the thing with roller coasters is that they’re really entertaining. And “Ambulance” is a blast—a dizzying, excessively drawn-out blast, but a blast nonetheless—if you give in to the pandemonium and let your brain cells scatter like so much fruit sent zipping through the air as the titular vehicle crashes into a LA street market.
In addition to casting his own dog in a ridiculous cameo part, Bay seems to be enjoying himself as evidenced by the numerous references to previous Bay movies that screenwriter Chris Fedak manages to incorporate into the finished product.
The amount of burning damage on screen makes the movie appear to have spent more than its $40 million budget. And in Bay’s eyes, that proves that he fulfilled his half of the contract.
Movie Ambulance’s Cast Members
It features Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Eiza González as two adoptive siblings who become bank robbers and hold two first responders hostage in an ambulance.
Before it started production, Ambulance saw a number of crew changes after its initial announcement in 2015. Because the COVID-19 epidemic prevented Michael Bay from shooting a separate movie in 2020, he decided to join the team as director.
While the pandemic was still going on, Roberto De Angelis, the director of photography, filmed in downtown Los Angeles. Pietro Scalia finished the editing, while Lorne Balfe wrote the soundtrack during post-production.
Movie Ambulance’s Reviews and Ratings
232 critics gave the movie an average rating of 5.8/10 on the review aggregation website, where 69 percent of them gave it a positive review.
According to the website’s critical consensus, “Ambulance comes riding to the rescue for audiences suffering an emergency scarcity of Michael Bay action thrills at full speed and with sirens screaming.”
It is the second movie to hold a “fresh” rating on the website, behind The Rock and is the highest-rated Bay-directed picture (1996). On the basis of 55 reviews, the weighted average review site gave the movie a score of 55 out of 100, classifying the reviews as “mixed or average.”
On a scale from A+ to F, audiences surveyed awarded the movie an average grade of “A-,” whilst those surveyed gave it an overall score of 77 percent, with 61 percent of respondents saying they would certainly recommend it.
Movie Ambulance’s Box Office Collection
Movie Ambulance brought in $22.3 million in the US and Canada, $29.4 million in other countries, and $51.7 million worldwide.
Movie Ambulance was launched in the United States and Canada at the same time as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the huge expansion of Everything Everywhere All at Once. In its first weekend, it was anticipated to bring in $8 to $14 million from 3,412 theatres.
The “comparatively minimal production budget… could ease the damage in the event the film doesn’t connect with audiences” in a report about the upcoming box office.
On its first day, the movie brought in $3.2 million, including $700,000 from Thursday night previews. It finished fourth at the box office with an opening weekend haul of $8.7 million.
The movie had its world premiere on March 20, 2022, in Paris, France, and on April 8, 2022, Universal Pictures released it in theatres nationwide.
With a $40 million production budget, the movie flopped at the box office, earning around $51 million globally. The movie got plaudits for Michael Bay’s direction and the action sequences, despite some complaints about the plot.