Ambulance belongs to a specific breed of action film that has been chased out of theaters over the last couple of decades by the fantastic blockbuster.

It’s a one-shot idea that sets off a practical spectacle of car crashes, gun battles, stunts, and sweaty acting...

orchestrated by a deranged ringmaster of a director who will stop at nothing to get the shot he has in mind.

the system for old-school action filmmaking comes from Bay, who has been a bête noir for film critics and cinephiles for the best part of two decades. 

the director whose taste for frenetic cutting and camerawork turned action movies into barely legible visual assaults.

Ambulance doesn’t register as an actual departure for Bay with a $40 million budget and a down-to-earth setting on the streets of Los Angeles.

Based on the 2005 Danish film Ambulancen, Ambulance follows adoptive brothers Danny and Will Sharp

Danny is a bank robber, following in the footsteps of their notorious father, while Will is a combat veteran who left the criminal life behind.

It’s an effective premise which sets up both the outward action of the chase and the pressure-cooker drama inside the ambulance.

It’s an effective premise which sets up both the outward action of the chase and the pressure-cooker drama inside the ambulance.