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New York's finest...probably!,
This review is from: Bringing Out the Dead [DVD]  (DVD)
With uncanny echoes of Travis Bickle's escapades in Taxi Driver, Scorcese gives us another tale of the mean streets of New York, and some of the lowlife who inhabit them. The characters are just as colourful, if a little undeveloped, as they were in Taxi Driver, and the storylines meander a little, reflecting the different themes at play in a film with such a setting.
Cage's character is someone we empathise with, or at least anyone who has a love-hate relationship with their job does. He begs is boss to give him the sack, but alas, they are so short-staffed it's impossible! Not a lot of funny moments abound though, it's mostly heavy social observation stuff. Punctuated as it is by the odd genuine-looking bit of violence and gore.
The music sets the scene brilliantly, with offerings from REM and the Clash among others, as the ambulance speeds through the city, racing to save the hapless citizens of New York. In parts it is haunting, like when Sinatra comes on the speakers, and helps to bring a dead guy back to life. Not a bad morning's work!