'Ambulance' Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II & Eiza González Star In Michael Bay's New Thriller

Jake Gyllenhaal has enjoyed remaking some Danish films of late. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but early this year, Gyllenhaal remade the Danish film “The Guilty” with director Antoine Fuqua, and now he’s starring in yet another Danish remake. This one is “Ambulance,” based on the 2005 Danish film of the same name by Laurits Munch-Petersen. This new 2021 “Ambulance” stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as two bank robbers who steal an ambulance occupied by a paramedic (Eiza González) and a patient in critical condition. That’s a pretty stacked cast (that also features Garret Dillahunt, A. Martinez, Keir O’Donnell, and Moses Ingram).

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Originally scheduled to be directed by Phillip Noyce, ultimately, Michael Bay took over in what has been described as a “character-driven project” that would use elements from “Speed” (1994) and “Bad Boys” (1995) while moving away from Bay’s normality of “standard explosion-heavy fare.” Permit us to display a little skepticism about that because when Bay does “character-driven” projects, see “Pain & Gain,” which he called Tarantino-esque at the time; it still ended up having a ton of action set-pieces and explosions.

That said, “Ambulance” sounds like a more minimalist affair, given most of it is set inside an ambulance, and was shot during COVID-19 and had to feature lots of safety measures and protocols (though that didn’t stop people from capturing a set-piece and explosion gone-wrong during production that almost injured several people). Regardless, here’s the semi-unofficial synopsis:

Set during one day in Los Angeles, a working-class guy who desperately needs $231,000 for his wife’s surgery reaches out to a criminal friend, who talks him into taking part in a $32 million bank heist. The robbery goes wrong when the two shoot an LAPD officer, and they are soon on the run in an ambulance with an EMT and the dying officer as their prisoners.

Will Bay dial it down and concentrate on character? Who knows, but your first clues are in this new trailer. “Ambulance” is scheduled to be theatrically released by Universal Pictures on February 18, 2022. Watch the first trailer below.