Rejoice, Michael Bay’s “Ambulance” is streaming now

One of the biggest (and most surprising) flops of the year so far was ambulanceMichael Bay’s return to the world of (slightly) more down-to-earth action movies after years in the wilds of evil transformers sequels. The film had a solid premise, a great cast that included Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza Gonzalez and Garret Dillahunt, and some of the most dynamic cinematography of Bay’s entire career.

ambulance Michael Bay also earned his best reviews in at least a decade. Mine was underneath. Earlier this spring, I wrote here on ScreenCrush that the film had “a perfect setup for a lean, tight 85-minute thriller” and a first act – a bank robbery in broad daylight – that “is clearly one of the best things [Bay’s] ever done.”

In spite of all, ambulance bombed theaters and grossed just $22 million in the US and another $29 million overseas. Bay’s films usually make that much money in a single weekend. Not this time. While theaters have recovered somewhat in recent months following the Covid pandemic, the fate of ambulance — an escapist popcorn thriller with big stars and a big director — didn’t speak well of the health of the theater industry for anything beyond the confines of massive tent poles or sequels to major franchises.

If you were among the many missing ambulance in theaters because you were like, “hey, this isn’t a marvel movie, i don’t have to worry about being spoiled, i’ll just watch it while it streams” because today is your day ambulance is now streaming. You can now see it on Peacock.

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Here is the official synopsis of the film:

Veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, candy man), desperate for money, turns to his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal, end of the watch) for help. Danny, a career criminal, offers him a huge score instead. But when their heist goes awry, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance carrying a wounded police officer and an ambulance (Eiza González, baby driver) on board. Will and Danny must dodge a response from citywide law enforcement, keep their hostages alive and somehow try not to kill each other as they pull off the craziest escape LA has ever seen.

Look, I’m not going to sit here and tell you ambulance is Shakespeare. (Michael Bays hamletnow there is a billion dollar concept.) But it is Fun. The drone footage alone is worth the price of admission – and if you already have Peacock, the price of admission is exactly $0.

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