The best part of the film was seeing Cage interact with his three top notch costars John Goodman, Ving Rhames, and Tom Sizemore. These three men play 3 totally conflicting partners for Pierce. Goodman is his first partner. Hes not really into his job hes more into the benefits. Hes waiting to become a captain and to get a desk job. Rhames is a part time paramedic. The boss tries to minimize his hours because hes a little loony. Mostly what he does is preach the word of the lord and try to sweet talk the female dispatcher. From Marcel the gangsta to Marcus the devout Christian. Thats range. Sizemore is the crazy paramedic. Hes in it for the blood. Major Tom is nasty and gritty. Hes a veteran and a violent and sick man. He previously rode with Pierce but now they are back together again.
Marc Antony puts in an terrific performance as the very sick Noel. He is unrecognizable. I have seen his music videos and he does not look like that. Besides being a decent singer, he is really an awesome actor. His role as a reappearing crazy patient is vital to the movie and sometimes provides a necessary comic relief. Not to mention some sympathy for a character.
Its nice to see Scorsese back in the directing chair and not in front of the camera. He was ridiculous in a cameo in The Muse. He does have a cameo in this film as the radio dispatcher. Every movement and expression of Cage was been perfectly carved out by Scorsese. Its compelling. The high octane shots of the ambulance are marvelous. Some really great camera tricks were done here. The music is so perfectly chosen. Picked out carefully to match every scene. Some of the camera angles in this film are amazing. It would take me half a page to describe them.
A good script with great dialogue is thrown into the mix by often Scrosese collaborator and scribe of Taxi Driver Paul Schrader . Cages dialogue in this film is superb. The humor of the dialogue comes out of characther desparation. The dialogue is witty. The calls the paramedics receive seem plausible.
This movie is kind of out there at points. Some of its messages are very repetitive especially the one involving the teenage girl Maria. Its goes off course at points. Its steam is lost and it has to begin to crawl back up.
Everything else in the film was very good except for Patricia Arquette. She is just such a weak actress. Stigmata was not a good film and she was not good in it. She continually gets roles even though shes a not a good actress. Im sure she attained this role through some help from her husband. It happens all the time. I did like her in Lost Highway but basically in nothing else.
Bringing Out the Dead did what it was supposed to. It showed the craziness of working as a paramedic especially in a crazy place like New York. You see someone reach the ultimate low and learn from it. Scorcese and Cage make a great team. A fun movie to watch.
Rating: 3.5 out of 4 Stars / 8 out of 10/ B+ / 83 out of 100