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‘Emergency Declaration’ Review: Airborne Disaster Movie Crams All Your COVID Fears Into a Wild, 2 1/2-Hour Thrill Ride

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Peter Debruge Chief Film CriticIf I were put in charge of a film school, the first thing I would do is build a set — the cockpit and cabin of a modern airliner — and order all directing students to make a film that takes place aboard the plane.

It’s my belief that creativity works best within constraints, and this seems as good a test as any to see what someone can do with a single location.Case-in-point Korean adrenaline rush “Emergency Declaration” begins at the airport, where a nervous young man buys a ticket aboard the most crowded flight he can find: KI501 to Honolulu.

In the bathroom, the suspicious-looking traveler, Ryu Jin-seok (Yim Si-wan), slices a hole under his arm and hides a capsule containing a fast-acting and incredibly contagious virus inside.

From this point on, Jin-seok becomes a walking biological weapon, leaving the cops on the ground (led by “Parasite” star Song Kang-ho as Sgt.

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