A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Angel is a sociopathic narcissist who is possessive of his live-in girlfriend. She has the smarts to leave when he puts surveillance on her phone.
Violence & Scariness
Gruesome car accidents feature victims dripping blood and screaming in mangled cars. An EMT performs CPR on an accident victim. A man struggles through physical therapy after losing the use of his legs. A kidnapper sticks a syringe full of morphine into his victim's behind, then keeps her bound and gagged against her will. A man sedates a victim with morphine, then pours lethal amounts of alcohol down his throat to kill him. A man is stabbed to death. A man and woman wrestle on a staircase. She stabs him repeatedly and he falls several stories through a stairwell.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple hoping to have a baby have sex under the covers. A glimpse of breast is seen.
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"F--k," "damn," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man smokes marijuana and buys other illicit drugs. He attacks others with syringes filled with morphine to sedate them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Paramedic is a 2020 Spanish film in Spanish with English subtitles. It's an extremely disturbing, violent film about a cruel and unfeeling sociopath who works as a paramedic until an accident disables him. He uses narcotics to sedate and disable his victims in a kidnapping and two murders. Gruesome car accidents feature victims dripping blood and screaming in mangled cars. Stabbings. A couple has sex under the covers, but breasts are briefly visible. A man smokes marijuana and steals from accident victims and dead people. Language includes "f--k," "damn," and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is reminiscent of better movies such as Rear Window and Misery, but without sufficient character development, it just feels like an exploitation film, heavy on violence and narcissism. A great deal of the tension generated here is sustained by the fact that the director establishes early on that Angel (an ironic name) is without morals, a guy in the healing professions who routinely steals from the injured and dead. We know that no internal ethics will interfere with his revenge scheme. He won't hesitate to murder anyone who gets in his way. He won't feel remorse or mercy, or change his mind about the evil he is doing, so nothing he does, no matter how vile, surprises us.
Implausibility is high as people keep warning Angel they're going to call the police instead of just going ahead and calling them. Most implausible is that Angel, like a Mafia boss, has his own crime cleanup squad on call for getting rid of pesky bodies. All of this leaves little room for nuance and doesn't allow the mounting tension to ever let up, making The Paramedic simply unpleasant and difficult to watch rather than engrossing, as a thriller ought to be.
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