The Paramedic (2020) A Review

Netflix has done some not so impressive thrillers recently, was hoping for something better this time round.  Was instead, kind of average.

Certificate: 15

Director: Carles Torras

Screenwriter: Rebeca Arnal, David Desola

Starring: Mario Casas, Déborah François, Guillermo Pfening

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 94 Minutes

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After a bad traffic accident, Angel’s life is turned upside down when he is rendered paralysed.  After this event he becomes increasingly more paranoid that his partner Vane is cheating on him.  He becomes obsessive, hacking her phone and following her around becoming ever more controlling and unhinged while also developing a reliance on pain medication.  His paranoia eventually goes too far, and he takes really drastic measures to try and hold his life together, slowly becoming more deranged and more violent.

Angel is essentially a really unlikable guy, even before his accident.  After his accident, he turns into a complete dick.  I know that he is going through some stuff and it is a big adjustment, but I think killing the adorable neighbour’s dog because he barks a lot is going a little too far.  Throughout the first hour of the film we slowly see him start to come unhinged, but when he really hits the full flow of his crazy, his demeanour and his character really don’t change all that much.  So, is this meant to imply that he was a psychopath the entire time?

There are two really emotional storylines going on underneath all of the terror that he is inflicting.  One is obviously Angel struggling to come to terms with his new situation in life.  A situation that gets made so much worse by the end of the film.  No one deserves to go through something like that, and if we had maybe a little more time to watch Angel trying to adapt to his new disability we would have been able to empathise with his moods better, instead he goes from zero to bonkers pretty fast.  The other side plot deals with him and Vane not being able to conceive a baby.  A [plot point that plays a bigger role towards the end of the film.  This as well would hve been a gret way of getting the audience to feel emotionally connected to the characters, instead it is a few throw away scenes and is barely dealt with at all.

Characters as a whole as kind of throw away in this film.  We learn basically nothing about anyone other then their names and in a film where we are meant to be feeling horrified and worried for the safety of some of our characters, getting to know the characters is kind of important.  I had no real interest in how this film finished because I didn’t care about any of the characters.  There is great atmosphere and tension built up using a great score and lighting and all the usual trappings, but without good character work, it all goes to waste,

I would give this one a miss.  There are better thrillers out there to watch and on the whole this one Is disappointing. 

‘The Paramedic’ is on Netflix UK to stream now!

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