An Easter story. Frank is a Manhattan medic, working graveyard in a two-man ambulance team. He's burned out, exhausted, seeing ghosts, especially a young woman he failed to save six months' before, and no longer able to save people: he brings in the dead. We follow him for three nights, each with a different partner: Larry, who thinks about dinner, Marcus, who looks to Jesus, and Tom, who wallops people when work is slow. Frank befriends the daughter of a heart victim he brings in; she's Mary, an ex-junkie, angry at her father but now hoping he'll live. Frank tries to get fired, tries to quit, and keeps coming back, to work and to Mary, in need of his own rebirth.Written by
Martin Scorcese's heroes have always been some of kind of Christs:"Taxi driver" is the most prominent example,but the boxer in "raging bull" is another one.It was downright embarrassing he totally missed the point when he made his "last temptation"
Nicholas Cage is another modern Christ (check the poster),and the last picture leaves no doubt about it when he and Patricia Arquette look like a pieta.More a chronicle than a real story,this is a two-hour wandering through the deepest worlds of human despair.the hero experiments helplessness,culpability and remorse.His "victims" ,so to speak,come back to haunt him and he's gradually slipping into madness.It's hard to be a saint in the city .
As always in Scorcese's movies ,the soundtrack is particularly good ,including REM's "what' s the frequency Kenneth?" and 10,000 Maniacs'"these are days"(from an album called "our time in eden"!).The cinematography is often dazzling when the ambulance goes thru the neons at night.Nevertheless,if you're feeling down-in-the-mouth,avoid.
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