The Ambulance

A woman collapses, is picked up by an ambulance but is nowhere to be found at the hospital.

 

United States
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Character Focus: 
Professional Film
Trickster: 
Impostor
4
Just sick...
4
3.04
6
6
1
2
2
Pace
Plot
Performances
This film is, as the title suggests, about an ambulance. A haunted ambulance, you ask? Probably not. It’s a thriller. It's a mystery. It’s hard to classify. It has its moments but it’s not great. Eric Roberts plays the main protagonist and lets his haircut do the acting. He’s not half as charismatic as the script depicts him, and he’s seriously overdoing it.
The dialogue ranges from bad to horrendous. There are way too many characters and at no point do we buy the conspiracy. This story doesn’t work on paper and it doesn’t work on screen. It’s simply not interesting and it’s not plausible. It’s half a movie. Nobody seems to be aware what kind of production they’re in and it affects the viewing experience.
So, Eric Roberts is painted like a playboy and someone with “the LAPD on his side”. At no time do we feel his legendary charisma. He looks like a cokehead, at best, from beginning to end. He’s sweaty, agitated and extremely annoying. He makes this film awkward at best. There’s a good vibe to The Ambulance, I’ll give it that, but it’s ruined by poor writing and execution.
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