The upcoming Doug Liman action flick starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Road House, has brought the limelight on the Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain star. But it is a different action outing of Gyllenhaal that is currently storming Netflix.
Ambulance, a heist thriller directed by Michael Bay, has claimed the fourth spot on Netflix’s top ten films list in the UK this week. This adrenaline-fueled action spectacle stars Gyllenhaal alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the two play adopted brothers.
Directed and co-produced by Bay, known for his explosive action films, Ambulance takes audiences on a high-octane journey filled with unexpected twists. The screenplay, written by Chris Fedak, weaves a tale of desperation, family bonds, and a daring bank heist gone awry.
The storyline follows a decorated veteran, William ‘Will’ Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who, in a desperate bid to cover his wife’s medical bills, teams up with his adoptive brother, Daniel ‘Danny’ Sharp (Jake Gyllenhaal). Together, they orchestrate a daring plan to steal $32million from a Los Angeles bank. However, when their getaway takes an unexpected turn, the brothers find themselves in a high-stakes situation, hijacking an ambulance with a wounded cop and an EMT worker on board.
Ambulance is a remake of the 2005 Danish film Ambulancen. In addition to Abdul-Mateen II and Gyllenhaal, the film also features Garret Dillahunt, Eiza González, and Moses Ingram.
Despite the film’s underperformance at the box office, grossing $52million worldwide on a $40million budget, Ambulance has garnered attention and acclaim for various aspects. Abdul-Mateen II and Gyllenhaal’s performances have been praised, and so has Bay’s direction, known for its bombastic style, which has received mixed yet intriguing reviews.
Critics applauded his dedication to action sequences and his chaotic yet entertaining approach. John Nugent of Empire lauded Bay’s “noisy, messy, and frequently absurd” tribute to emergency services, declaring it his most “gleefully entertaining effort in at least a decade.”
You can watch Ambulance on Netflix and catch the trailer here: