There are very few good EMS movies. Hollywoods’ take on the paramedics life paints very different picture from what their life actually is. What a true paramedic deals on day to day basis. The real job – the daily check they have to perform, the driving to and from locations, hurrying, running up and down the truck to get the patient to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible, because any delay might cost a life.
Hollywood like to paint more dramatic picture as that is what the audience is looking for.
so, here is my list of movies:
- Black Hawk Down – beware of the real life war stories. A traumatic movie which is based on a real raid of Somalia by the US military
- Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 – the movies covers the real life tragedy of the Airlines Flight 232 from Denver to Chicago. Even though the focus in not entirely on the paramedics that helped with the ground rescue, their presence is one of the main focuses of the movie.
- M*A*S*H brings a bit of a dark humor in the otherwise fast paced paramedic’s life
- Bringing Out the Dead – the Scorcese movie is a moving account of a paramedic who can’t deal with the memories of the people he tried to save but couldn’t. A heavy, traumatic movie
- Paramédico – a candid movie which deals with the uncertainty of a paramedic’s life in different counties of the world. They caught the paramedics life in great details – from their daily chores to their life at home. Problems, tragedies, the fun stuff
- Tell Me and I Will Forget – a really heavy documentary that gets everything right. Social challenges in Sough Africa are painted in great details
What I look for in a EMS movie?
How similar to the reality the movie is. Whether the dialogues and daily life is plausible enough. Whether they have an eye for the details – for example they do well with the apparel and the vehicles but lack on details like the paramedic boots (check here for real examples of EMS/ EMT work boots actually wear)