Movie Reviews: Bringing Out The Dead




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     Paramount (1 hr. 55 min.)
     A New York paramedic gets burned out from the grim graveyard shift.
     Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman,Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore
Bottom Line:


     After seeing Martin Scorsese's merciless and depressing Bringing Out the Dead, it's a wonder if New York or any urban city will ever be able to hire any paramedics again. Cage stars as a burned-out tormented paramedic working New York City's surreal grave-yard shift. He's a man who has seen too many broken bodies, crack addicts and homeless people suffering from lack of medical attention.
     Bringing Out The Dead echos other works by Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader -- Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, where guilt and redemption are punctuated and underlined. In this latest version of the genre, Cage is haunted by the fact that he blames himself for not saving a 16-year-old homeless woman.
     Riding the streets of New York, Cage is accompanied by a variety of partners which include John Goodman, who hopes to start a private ambulance service; Tom Sizemore, who has a sadistic streak; and cigar-chomping Ving Rhames.
     Bringing Out The Dead has its gritty moments, like a man impaled on a wrought iron fence, but the movie is tempered throughout by an acrid sense of humor.



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