Bringing Out The Dead (1999) [4/5]

Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights. 

"Saving someone's life is like falling in love. The best drug in the world. For days, sometimes weeks afterwards, you walk the streets, making infinite whatever you see. Once, for a few weeks, I couldn't feel the earth - everything I touched became lighter. Horns played in my shoes. Flowers fell from my pockets. You wonder if you've become immortal, as if you've saved your own life as well. God has passed through you. Why deny it, that for a moment there - why deny that for a moment there, God was you?"

Anything but lesser Scorsese. A brilliant film about communities, and the City, and the space between life and death. Nicolas Cage delivers in one of the finest roles of his career, supported by the strength of numerous memorable performances. With awesome editing, a killer soundtrack, and a strange (but most likely allegorical) blend of light and darkness, this is one of a master director's most overlooked and atmospheric pictures.

I shouldn't have waited so long to check this one out.
Don't make the same mistake.

-Eli Hayes