New footage from Michael Bay’s upcoming action-thriller Ambulance shows Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II trying to escape a bank robbery.
New footage from Michael Bay’s upcoming movie Ambulance shows how a bank robbery goes wrong for Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Directed and produced by Bay with Chris Fedak writing the script, the action-thriller is based on the 2005 Danish film of the same name. It focuses on the characters of Gyllenhaal and Abdul-Mateen as they steal an ambulance occupied by a paramedic (Eiza González).
The project has been in the works since 2015. At one point, Patriot Games director Phillip Noyce was set to direct the film. That version of the movie never went into production, however, and Ambulance was revived in November 2020 with Bay signed on to direct. But while Ambulance is still months away, audiences now have a better sense of what it will consist of.
Slated for a theatrical release by Universal Pictures in February 2022, new footage of the action-thriller has been revealed at CinemaCon. The footage begins in Los Angeles, focusing on a character named William (Abdul-Mateen). Viewers see William’s wife and child in the background, and it’s established that William and Gyllenhaal’s so far unnamed character are brothers. William, who served in the military, needs money for his wife’s surgery. Gyllenhaal’s character doesn’t have the money for William to borrow. He does, however, offer William a cut of a planned $32 million bank robbery. They initially argue, but ultimately agree. You can read the rest of the description of the Ambulance trailer released at CinemaCon below.
Scenes of them casing the bank, including one of William robbing the vault. A cop knocks on the bank’s front door. Gyllenhaal answers, and the cop asks, “Why are you closed?” Cop and Gyllenhaal joke around; Gyllenhaal allows him inside, and one of the bank tellers goes about her job, serving the cop – all the while the cop doesn’t know the bank is being robbed. Things go sideways, and Gyllenhaal takes the cop hostage. All the robbers exit out the back and get in a shootout with the cops, and SWAT in another scene. Next scene is of Gyllenhaal and William trying to escape, but they get into an altercation with the cop they took hostage. William shoots the cop to save Gyllenhaal, when Gyllenhaal and the cop get in a fight.
They leave the cop on the ground and run. Another officer arrives and calls for an ambulance, which arrives with Eiza Gonzalez as the medic. After a few quick action shots, Gyllenhaal and William hijack the ambulance. Next come scenes of LAPD patrolling the area for them, as they try to escape in the ambulance. Police ultimately find them in the ambulance and chase them. Then they attempt to help save the cop’s life so they don’t go to jail for murder. When the medic asks Gyllenhaal to help, he yells, “This looks like a f–king Atari game. I don’t f–king know!” Several scenes follow featuring the ambulance trying to escape the police, with Gyllenhaal verbally fighting with the police dispatch. A couple of signature Michael Bay explosions follow. The trailer ends with the ambulance running into a few police cars and causing a massive explosion.
The footage indicates that Ambulance will likely begin as an emotional story between two brothers, and a man struggling to provide for his family. Then, gradually, as the film progresses, the action takes over. Ultimately, there may be uncertainty as to whether William and Gyllenhaal’s character will even survive their ordeal. The thriller is also notable for featuring Gyllenhaal’s return to a classic leading role, as the actor has generally favored more antagonistic and satirical characters recently in films like Velvet Buzzsaw and his turn as the Marvel villain Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Looking at the success that Bay has generated, with a list of credits that include 1998’s Armageddon, 2001’s Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers movie franchise, the projects that he has directed and produced have grossed more than $7.8 million worldwide. For those concerned about the future of moviegoing, and whether the box office will go back to boasting big numbers on a regular basis, there’s sure to be a lot of hope that Ambulance becomes a hit when it premieres next year.
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