A new trailer released for the upcoming Super Bowl gives a new look at Michael Bay’s upcoming film Ambulance. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ambulance marks Bay’s first directorial effort released since before the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020. The film follows two robbers (Gyllenhaal and Abdul-Mateen) who steal an ambulance after their heist spins out of control. Ambulance is set to be released in theatres in April after multiple COVID-related delays.
Bay’s Ambulance is actually an adaptation of a Danish film entitled Ambulancen. The original film has a similar premise, and was written around a three-rule concept. Firstly, the entire film must take place in one location (in this case, an ambulance). Secondly, the whole of the film must take place in “real time.” Finally, there must only be four characters on the ambulance ride. Based on the single trailer for Bay’s Ambulance that has already been released, it’s clear that the director decided not to stick strictly to these rules, given that the clip implies multiple flashback sequences.
Now, a new trailer released by Universal Pictures for the 2022 Super Bowl reveals a few more tidbits about Ambulance. This new Ambulance trailer focuses mainly on the action that will be seen throughout the movie. The audience is given a few lines in voice over that tease the film’s plot, such as “my wife needs this surgery” and “we’re not the bad guys. We’re just the guys trying to get home.” These lines play over shots of Bay’s signature action style that has come to be known as “Bayhem.” The Ambulance trailer features many of the director’s action scene trademarks, including explosions, car crashes, gun fights and, of course, helicopters. Watch the full trailer below:
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The Ambulance trailer begins with a few idillic shots of Los Angeles as the words “It was a beautiful morning in Los Angeles” appear on the screen. Throughout the clip, all the letters in this phrase disappear except “L” and “A,” which slowly slide together until the end of the trailer, when the rest of the word “Ambulance” forms around them. This effect is almost reminiscent of the original trailer for 1979’s Alien, in which the title appears slowly on the screen, one character at a time. So far, the significance of Los Angeles in Bay’s film isn’t totally clear, besides being the adaptation’s main setting. However, the focussing of the title reveal around the city seems to imply L.A. will play a bigger part.
With so many different exciting shots of action fit into only one 31-second video, Ambulance seems sure to be just the thrill ride that fans will be expecting, and even craving, from Bay’s next movie. The director certainly seems to be back in high gear and ready to deliver another action-packed adventure filled with “Bayhem” and madness. Given the lines teased in the latest trailer, Gyllenhaal and Abdul-Mateen are set to deliver more nuanced and perhaps more likable characters than might be typically expected of thieves, so it will be interesting to see what led the pair to their robbing ways when Ambulance finally premieres.
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Source: Universal Pictures (via YouTube)