Bringing Out The Dead


(out of 5)

Martin Scorsese returns to the harrowing themes of Taxi Driver that made him so popular twenty-odd years earlier.  is mostly expressionless as a New York City ambulance paramedic whose long, late nights of driving around the city and picking up homeless alcoholics and hopeless criminals are wearing away at his soul. He does everything possible to get fired, but his job keeps a hold on him while he is haunted by visions of a young woman who died on his watch. His only release happens when he meets the kindly daughter (, then Cage’s wife in real life) of a patient who provides him with his first real human connection in a long time. Scorsese’s accustomed seamless style of photography and editing don’t fail him here, but Paul Schrader’s screenplay is rather uneventful and never gets at the heart of what he seems to want the story to be about. Instead it’s just two hours of relentlessly bleak imagery and shallow characters, not in any way aided by the fantastic acting or Thelma Schoonmaker’s superb editing.

De Fina-Cappa, ,

USA, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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