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Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González, Garret Dillahunt, A Martinez, Keir O’Donnell, Moses Ingram, Wale Folarin, Cedric Sanders
Our Rating: ★★★½
Action thriller directed by Michael Bay. Ambulance (2022) follows decorated veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who is desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, and asks for help from his adoptive brother, Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal), a charismatic career criminal. However, Danny instead offers him a score, the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history. But when their getaway goes wrong, they hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life, and ace EMT, Cam Thompson (Eiza González), onboard. In a high-speed pursuit that never stops, Will and Danny must evade a massive, city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, while executing the most insane escape.
Amy Sharp: [to Will] I lose faith in this world on a daily basis. But not in you though.
Amy Sharp: I know you love him. I don’t know why. But we don’t need your brother.
Will Sharp: I got all I need right here.
Danny Sharp: [to Will] Rich people don’t like it when you envy their s**t. It makes them feel guilty.
Will Sharp: You can definitely tell me to go eff off, but I could use some help.
Danny Sharp: Yeah, when you need something, you call me, huh?
Will Sharp: Okay, yes. I’m here because I need help.
Danny Sharp: How is that right? You put your life down on the line for this country. You leave your family, your home, you miss your kid being born, and what did they give you in return?
Will Sharp: It gave me purpose. I knew what I was getting into. It’s good.
Will Sharp: I owe your family a lot.
Danny Sharp: It’s our family.
Danny Sharp: How much do you need?
Will Sharp: Two thirty-one. Experimental surgery. Except insurance doesn’t cover experimental because, they tell me, it’s experimental.
Danny Sharp: How about more?
Will Sharp: What the f*** are you doing? Danny, you told me you were done.
Danny Sharp: I was then, but this is now.
Danny Sharp: That’s my brother, Will.
Mel Gibson: Doesn’t look like your brother.
Danny Sharp: Oh, wow. That is original.
Will Sharp: Yeah. It’s original.
Will Sharp: I came to you for a loan. Maybe a small job, at the least. Not this.
Danny Sharp: Look. Alright, look, I don’t have it. Everything I have is tied up in this score. Alright? And it’s tight. Look, I need your help. I can’t do this alone. I need you.
Danny Sharp: Dad was a f***ing psycho. I know that. You know that. Even the FBI knows that. But I’m not him. Look, have I ever gotten you into anything that I couldn’t get you out of? Anything? No.
Will Sharp: Yes.
Danny Sharp: [to Will] We have real guns. It’s just for protection. You know how it works. We’re not cowboys. We’re not shooting anything up. This is my job. Come on. We can do this in our sleep.
Danny Sharp: [to Will] Look, we’ve got five minutes, and I need to know whether you’re in or you’re out. You’re my brother. I love you. I will do anything for you, and all I’m asking is for you to do this one little thing for me. And now you’re here, on my doorstep, asking me for help, and what am I giving you? I am giving you the world! Listen. It’s time for you to do something for yourself. For your family.
Cam Thompson: Scott, I’m going to give you some advice, because you’re new, and you talk too much.
EMT Scott: Yeah, I do.
Cam Thompson: It’s just a job. Nothing else. You pick them up, drop them, forget it. The worst day of their lives is just your Tuesday afternoon.
EMT Scott: You’re the best paramedic in town, you can keep anyone alive for twenty minutes. And no one wants to be your partner. I already did my research.
Cam Thompson: Well, there’s definitely something wrong with me, Scott.
Officer Mark: Romantics, they don’t get the girl, at all. You remember when Sean Connery said, “Losers whine, winners get to f*** the prom queen?”
Officer Zach: That was super aggressive. No, I don’t remember that.
Officer Mark: The Rock?
Officer Zach: The Rock? Yeah, he’s an actor. He was a wrestler first.
Officer Zach: [to Mark, referring to the bank] I got an idea. We go in together like Bad Boys.
Officer Zach: [as Zach wants to enter the bank] You know what though, because if I could just get it done real quick, because I’m on the clock. Promise not to rob the place. What do you think?
Danny Sharp: Promise?
Officer Zach: I won’t rob it.
Danny Sharp: [laughs] Seriously. Because that would be bad for my job, you know.
Officer Zach: I promise.
Danny Sharp: [to Zach] These are the decisions that matter in life, so let me give you all the information before you decide. Okay, I have two guns. Fully auto. One’s aimed at you, and the other one’s at Kim, your girlfriend. I have you, the tellers, and nine employees in the back, and your partner outside, and it’s up to you to make sure that they are all safe. Yeah, kind of a heavy burden. I need you to nod if you understand, Officer. Now, take your f***ing hand off the weapon. Give me a big smile and wave at your partner.
Danny Sharp: [to the people in the bank] You are all going to have the greatest story to tell at dinner tonight!
Danny Sharp: [to Zach, after Will shoots Zach] You f***ing punch me, and that’s what happens. He’s a f***ing Marine, man.
Will Sharp: What are you doing? We going to shoot our way out?
Danny Sharp: What? F***ing had to shoot a cop, huh?
Will Sharp: Oh, no. Not this. Not this.
Danny Sharp: This is how we roll.
Will Sharp: Tell me this is not the plan.
Danny Sharp: What, you think I enjoy this?
Cam Thompson: [to Scott] Call Memorial. Tell them we have an ETA of seven minutes, okay? Because you’re driving like a goddamned granny.
Danny Sharp: Get out now.
EMT Scott: Cam, there’s a guy with a big f***ing gun pointed at me right now.
Danny Sharp: That wasn’t a question. Get out now.
Cam Thompson: What do you want?
Danny Sharp: [referring to the ambulance] I’m just going to borrow it.
Danny Sharp: It’s just like any other day for you, Camille. Except the life you save today might be your own. Do your job, alright?
Cam Thompson: It’s Cam. My name is Cam.
Danny Sharp: Oh, no way. My name’s Daniel. But I prefer Danny. I don’t give a f***!
Danny Sharp: [to Cam] Look, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to point the gun at you. I don’t really like pointing guns at anybody. It’s not really my thing. But like when you… I mean, what was I supposed to do, you know? I know it’s funny, but it’s, I’m sort of more of the sensitive one of the two of us.
Captain Monroe: Talk to me about that ambulance. Who f***ed that up?
SIS Undercover – Jay: We did. It was a clusterf***.
Captain Monroe: You think?
SIS Undercover – Wade: But the rookie screwed us up trying to get his future ex-wife’s phone number.
Danny Sharp: Really, really wasn’t expecting helicopters today.
Danny Sharp: Will, drive. We’re a sitting duck, Will. We got to move. We’re not going to do anything. We’re just sitting here.
Will Sharp: I got to get back to my wife and my son, Danny, no matter what.
Danny Sharp: You’re going to. You drove generals and politicians in Kabul. You can do this.
Will Sharp: This ain’t Kabul, man.
Danny Sharp: I know. It’s L-f***ing-A. Nobody knows this city better than you. Nobody drives better than you. Will, come on. I’m going to get you back home, little brother. I’m going to get everybody home.