Emergency Declaration is a haunting film about human nature when it comes to conflict or flight. Shots that go on for far too long, and a lot of unintentionally funny moments, are all common sense.
Emergency Declaration has a lot to like about its star-studded cast, including Lee Byung-hun and Song Kang-ho, who have both made international television appearances in Parasite and Snowpiercer. Though the film is quite effective against Lee and Song, Lee keeps the film moving in its most dramatic and thrilling scenes. Song plays detective In-ho, who is also on the same flight as Lee.
Lee plays Jae-hyuk, a passenger on the flight with his daughter Soo-min, who is planning to move to Hawaii for a better life. The character may have been hammered up in less experienced hands, but Lee navigates Jae-hyuk's complicated background with great conviction.
The pitfalls of the film are revealed far too early. Though the plot will try to persuade you that Im's Jin-seok was a threat, it does not take a genius to observe a sweaty, pale guy with shifty eyes at an airport asking how full each flight is to spot a potential red flag. Jin-seok is never shown to be anything other than a savage looking man who wants to watch the world burn.
It takes us just seconds to discover who the villain is and get a general idea of what he intends, but Song's In-ho is capable of making his character seem extremely competent even if we see the answers right in front of him. The ending of Emergency Declaration is one of the highlights.
The issue arises when the film grabs at a little too much. This is the case both in terms of the plot and the filming. Han lingers far too long on this moment, showing us flight attendants hitting the top of the plane several times, lingering on slow scenes of agony.
Good suspense builds and builds, keeping you on edge of your seat in situations like this one. Without this uncertainty, you're left wondering how or if these people will be saved. Instead, the film attempts to entertain and entertain.
Emergency Declaration is a must-see performance with so much stress keeping it down. For those who aren't, you can get a connecting flight to any other disaster movie.