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Bringing Out the Dead

DAY 110: December 21st, 2008.

Bringing Out The Dead

What this film lacks in plot, it makes up for in everything else. It stars Nic Cage as a paramedic who requests the night shifts. He ends up having three different partners throughout the nights, they include Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames, and John Goodman.

Now, this film isn't regarded as something to look out for and it kind of got a bad wrap. Why? Because it was directed by Martin Scorsese. This film is a perfect example of people expecting it to be something great just because of the director. When it turns out to be something different, they just disregard it. It's unfair and this film is underrated.

Cage gives an interesting performance as a depressed lonely character who asks to be fired from his job as an Ambulance Driver. I really dug his performance and it worked well with the rest of the film. The film is gritty and cold. It does not hold back with what it wants to say. This is New York at night.

This is, surprisingly, one of my favourite Scorsese films. When he has his masterpiece and high-profile films, this one sneaks under the radar and does not disappoint. I must stress though, it's not for everyone. It's depressing and dark, which is why I liked it so much. The stressful life of these characters who do this everyday and the toll it takes on them. Each supporting character (Sizemore, Rhames and Goodman) all have their own unique vision of the world.