Emergency Declaration is a wonderful example of what makes it great. Many people enjoy watching huge spectacle and chaos on the big screen. However, there is another important thing that more disaster movies should embrace. Being genuine in your narrative and fully leaning into this honesty can go a long way.
The film is loosely based on a real-life incident where a plane had to land unexpectedly in a fatality, something that the opening paragraph tells us with force is known as an emergency declaration. It's not just a two-and-a-half-hour thrill ride that begins badly and ends abruptly as the poor passengers get caught in a geopolitical quagmire. It's never a joke but an open letter to you.
Each action, while temptingly close to cliche, is made engaging by a seasoned cast that truly gives it their all. As a result, the film stays movable until it finally starts to unravel.
It is the sincerity of everything that makes it work, from the way the actors play everything with a straight face, to the way the story itself is pushed forward in every new situation with a genuine commitment that is both admirable and electrifying.
While this does ensure that the film is putting its best foot forward, it may not be a medium that all viewers will buy into. More importantly, it may become quite funny in how outrageous it is. It is the type of film that never hides what it is; it never hides what it is.