The Ambulance Ending Explained: How Michael Bay’s Car Chase Movie Has A Darker Ending Than It Seems
The following contains major spoilers for Ambulance.
Ambulance is Michael Bay’s latest film, and although the film has a much smaller scope and budget than most of the director’s accomplished projects, it has all the “Bayhem” one could ask for, so much so that he even made Michael Bay nervous. At the heart of the story, however, is a character-driven plot that is as engaging as the ambulance chase action. The story of the bank robbers and their hostages has a chaotic conclusion that we expected from Michael Bay, but the Ambulance The ending may not be as positive as it seems.
Ambulance follows two brothers, Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Will (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who rob a bank, then are forced to steal an ambulance to escape. The ambulance is busy, however, as it contains EMT Cam (Eiza González) and rookie cop Zach (Jackson White) who was shot by the brothers. What follows is an almost endless car chase. But at some point, the chase has to end, and it does so in epic fashion.
How does the ambulance end
Danny and Will seem to have managed to evade the police when they enlist the help of Papi (A Martinez), a former partner of their bank robber father. With his help, they are able to lose the cops by filling the roads with ambulances running in all directions. Will and Danny’s ride is to Grandpa’s hideout, where they simply plan to pay him half of the $16 million they escaped with and leave at sunset.
Unfortunately, there is a problem. Grandpa’s son died in a fight with the police as part of the plan, and so Grandpa wants more than money, he wants blood. He insists that the EMT and the injured cop be left behind. Danny agrees with that, but Will, who got dragged into this whole plan at the last minute and was never comfortable with it, says no.
In the end, when forced to fight or support his brother, Danny chooses to support his brother and a gunfight ensues. They fight their way back to the ambulance, but when Will gets there, he’s inadvertently shot by a nervous Cam, the EMT, with Checkov’s glock, who’s been under the injured cop since he found himself. on the stretcher.
Cam plays the shoot, claiming she doesn’t know who shot Will and Danny, with no other choice, rushes to the hospital. Will, hurt, takes a bundle of the stolen money and asks Cam to make sure his wife gets it back. The ambulance is surrounded by cops outside the emergency room entrance.
There, Danny realizes that the gun that shot his brother belongs to the cop, and he threatens to shoot the cop until Cam admits she accidentally shot Will. Cam then becomes Danny’s hostage and he holds her at gunpoint. With a plan to use her to get out and get her brother’s help. There are police snipers in play looking for a shot, but they never fire it, as the bullet that takes Danny down comes from behind him, as Will shoots his brother in the back.
The two men find themselves on the ground, bleeding. Danny dies there, but Will holds on. Initially he is left for dead, as the cops have little interest in helping the bank robber whose pursuit has resulted in the deaths of several officers, but when Cam attempts to help and points out to Zach’s partner that he would be dead if it wasn’t for Will, Will is being helped in the emergency room.
Will is later seen in police custody, but alive. His wife has the money Cam slipped her. When Officer Zach is asked who shot him, he says Will saved his life, despite the fact that it was actually Will who shot him in order to protect Danny.
In the final shots, we see Cam, someone who had previously only seen his profession as a job, without investing himself emotionally in it (although Eiza González apparently got very emotional while doing Ambulance). She visits a girl she helped save at the start of the film and clearly has a new outlook on her own life after this ordeal.
Why Ambulance Doesn’t Have the “Happy Ending” It Seems
First, Ambulance seems to have a rather happy ending. Three of the four ambulance characters survive, with only Danny, the one who was clearly the real “bad guy” who was killed. When Zach doesn’t accuse Will of shooting him, it even feels like Will could be avoiding the worst possible punishment for his crimes, but is that really the case?
Even if we give Will the best possible benefit of the doubt, he’s going to be in a lot of trouble. Next we have the crimes of bank robbery, ambulance robbery, and the kidnapping of the two people inside the ambulance. On top of that, while Zach may have survived this movie, a lot of the cops didn’t. Many, including LAPD Captain Monroe (Garret Dillahunt), were killed as part of the diversion that allowed Will and Danny to initially escape.
Even if a lawyer managed to argue that Danny was primarily responsible for all of this, there’s no argument in the world that will completely absolve Will. As such, the man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Each death that occurred would presumably become an additional count of felony murder. Even though Cam and Zach testify on Will’s behalf and put all the blame on Danny, it’s hard to imagine a jury would let him go.
The only good thing that comes out of all of this is that we can assume Will’s wife will be having surgery. And there’s even no guarantee that Will’s goal in doing all of this will be successful. Whatever the problem with Will’s wife, we’re told he needs the money for experimental surgery, and if it’s experimental, there’s certainly no guarantee it’ll work. And if not, we have to start thinking about what will happen to their young child.
This is all very depressing because we’re told that Will left home and joined the military specifically because he wanted to avoid going down that path. And now Will will probably spend the rest of his life in prison. We can only hope it was worth it.