A great film about insane paramedics. Although the movie is a lot more than just the sum of its parts... er, the parts are greater than the sum, i think?Aside from this movie actually starting 30 minutes after the advertised time, due to endless commercials and previews, this movie was a fun experience. But did you ever watch a movie, and at the end of it you realized that you liked all the scenes but didn't quite see how they tied together? Well, this is how i felt after Bringing Out the Dead.
I love Martin Scorsese and enjoy all his movies that i've had a chance to see. However, with this movie i was't half as crazy about the movie itself as i was with each part of it. there's dark humor, great cinematography, interesting characters, but the only thing tying most of the scenes together is Frank Pierce's (Nicholas Cage) visions of a girl who died on his shift. The movie feels a little bit like a tv show, in that each "episode" was fun to watch on its own. I didn't mind this at all, i thought it worked great and loved all the different things going on.
Patricia Arquette plays a woman who's father was brought to the hopital by Cage, and i suppose is the love interest in the movie, but again, that's another weak underlying plot that sort of ties scenes together. I was happy to see Cage in this role, i like him playing drunk strung-out guys like in Leaving Las Vegas, and none of this action stuff. Ving Rhames was also great, i'd love to see more of him, short of watching that made for tv don king movie of course.All i can say is that its a fun ride, and well worth seeing.
However, if you want a Scorsese movie with one big story and nothing crazy, see Kundun, it rocks too.