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Panic 5 Bravo (2012/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: C+ Sound: C Extras: D Film: C-

Panic 5 Bravo is about four paramedics in Arizona on duty, who are waiting for some action. They finally hear a distress call, but it is in Spanish and across the border of Mexico. They debate for a little while about going, but ultimately decide they cannot watch a man, who is in walking distance to them, die.

The movie feels like a bunch of cheesy typical characters that get thrown together inside an ambulance. We have the old guy, who is very close to retirement and cannot wait to go home. The girl, who wants to be the tough guy and throws out the one liners that usually miss the target. The man, who is going to propose to his girlfriend if he can make it home from just another day on the job and of course, the rookie, who is a rich kid that has something to prove. All of these characters are put together and get into a situation where they are trapped in their ambulance and chaos ensues. From seeing other movies you can predict what happens to each character.

Panic 5 Bravo, originally titled 5 Bravo, was written and directed by the star of the film Kuno Becker. The movie feels odd, mainly because the writing has very stereotypical things, but also due to the direction. There are some clumsy handheld close-ups of the cast talking to each other while they are crammed into the back of an ambulance. The story seems to be forced, because it is not clear why the bad guys don not force their way inside the ambulance to get their drugs out of the guy the rescued. They have the means to get the guy, but we do not see them do this for a while. It also makes no sense for the heroes to toss their identifications outside, because common sense would tell you that the bad guys will know where you and your loved ones live, which they do and it does not end well. As an audience member you can feel how forced most of the dialogue and actions are, the ID's being tossed out is a perfect example of forcing your characters to do something only to continue the story not further the plot.

As for the technical side to Panic 5 Bravo, it is presented in standard definition 16 X 9 anamorphically enhanced, widescreen 1.78:1 with lossy English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and has a runtime of 88 minutes. There are no special features, but the disc does come with a digital copy of the movie.

- Jordan Whiteko


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