“The Paramedic” Review

Story posted September 22, 2020 in Arts & Entertainment, CommRadio by Nicholas Mancuso

Carles Torras’ Spanish thriller film “The Paramedic,” a film showing the true horrors behind one paramedic’s twisted mind, is available for streaming on Netflix.

“The Paramedic” stars actor Mario Casas as the role of Angel and Belgian actress Deborah Francois as Vane. Actors Guillermo Pfening as Ricardo and Celso Bugallo as Vicente also appear.

“The Paramedic” tells the story of a paramedic named Angel who becomes paralyzed below the waist after his ambulance driver gets into a serious accident. Additionally, Angel has suspicion that his girlfriend Vane is cheating on him. With his life unraveling and nothing he can do about it, Angel goes to any cost to not lose Vane.

The hour-and-half-long film fuses together drama with the thrilling aspects of Angel's life falling apart, leaving audiences glued to the screen. In the end, viewers are left with a shell-shocking conclusion, sparking up many questions and leaving the audience wanting more.

Torras based the main setting for the film in Angel’s apartment, a nice place in a city but with very little lighting. This darker setting adds to the suspense of what is going to happen next.

The actors did a good job at keeping the audience entertained, especially for a thriller movie, since it seems that the characters in thrillers usually act in ways that don’t feel realistic. These actors didn’t over dramatize their role, keeping it very lifelike.

However, the film missed a few expectations of some audiences.

The film created suspense until the eventual climax by using dark lighting, good acting and a great storyline, but the short duration of the film makes the climax feel rushed and makes all of the built-up suspense feel unnecessary.

The dramatic side of the film is also enjoyable, but it feels like there needed to be more time to help the audience understand what is going on.

While captivating, “The Paramedic” often leaves audiences without answers, showing that an hour and half was not long enough to fully convey the film’s meaning.

Rating: 3/5

 

Nicholas Mancuso is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email nbm9@psu.edu.