With wooden acting, a plodding storyline, and several cringeworthy changes from the source material, the 2022 version indeed starts a fire – a dumpster fire.
The movie feels like it was assembled from an unready draft even though visually, there’s no denying the film’s strengths.
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More an affectionate homage than an acerbic satire, the movie offers Cage fans an abundance of Easter Eggs.
It plays out as expected without ever being predictable - a bold, uncompromising film that doesn’t self-censor.
This lazily-plotted heist comedy may find favor with children while causing more than a few adults to doze off.
U.S. Release Date: 2022-04-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Richard Coyle, Victoria Yeates, William Nadylam, Jessica Williams, Callum Turner, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Madds Mikkelsen, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston
An unnecessary, joyless affair, it plods along offering “canonical” tidbits to fans but very little to casual viewers.
If you prefer sweeping, hyperkinetic camera movements and spastic editing to a coherent narrative, "Ambulance" may be your movie.
Offers a devil-may-care approach and a deliciously wicked sense of humor, a top-flight performance from Michelle Yeoh, and an emotionally true central theme.
Offers a compelling (if ultimately unremarkable) spy movie that tilts more toward a drama than a conventional action/thriller.