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Emergency

Farhad Dalal
By-
Farhad Dalal
Rating
4 Star popcorn reviewss

Introduction

Onto the next release of the weekend and I finished watching the new English film Emergency on Amazon Prime. I am usually up to date with all the new releases which are in store for the weekend. But with Emergency I wasn’t aware(and even if I was, I wouldn’t have watched it due to the lack of awareness on my part). But in one of the facebook groups which I am a part of, I came across atleast a couple of posts applauding the film and urging everyone to watch it. So that trigger was enough for me to take the plunge. Mind you I still did not know what to expect as I hadn’t yet watched its trailer. And with that I finished watching Emergency on Amazon Prime. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.

Story & Screenplay

Emergency follows the story of three youngsters who do contemplate whether or not to call the police after a girl mysteriously lands up unconscious in their apartment. The story is super relevant yet told with dollops of dark humour(no pun intended). By now we all are aware of the death of George Floyd and the entire Black Lives Matter campaign. It is almost ludicrous that an entire community is labelled in a certain manner. So the topic here is sensitive and an interesting twist to the party genre(with films like The Hangover). The screenplay at a shade above 90 minutes is taut and manages to hold your attention throughout.

Almost instantly, you are introduced to the two of the three protagonists who are best of friends but are like chalk and cheese in terms of personalities. The undercurrent of the present day situation of the Black community in the States is cleverly integrated right at the beginning. So when you arrive at the conflict(an unconscious girl), you do understand the psyche of the characters and why exactly are the behaving in a certain manner. What seems like a simple incident is way more complicated when they face obstacles while on their way to the hospital. In between there are dollops of humour which will make you chuckle every now and then.

The mix of crazy characters guarantees a crazy night but the final act is a nail biting one and it truly holds a lot of weight. The emotions of one of the protagonist can be felt where you empathize with him. The factual account of events involving George Floyd are recreated here and they are overwhelming and a tad scary. This sums up a terrific screenplay which is smartly written and sharp in its execution.

Dialogues, Music & Direction

The dialogues are terrific filled with satirical humour which manage to grab your attention almost instantly. The BGM is adequate and does just enough. Director Carey Williams does a fabulous job here. Not only does he smartly carve a relevant tale but at no point does he get preachy or stray away from the subject matter. The direction is masterful here.

Performances

The performances are outstanding here. Diego Abraham as Rafael has his moments to shine as does Madison Thompson as Alice. Maddie Nichols as Emma is terrific in a role where she easily could have gone overboard but she doesn’t. Sabrina Carpenter as Maddie is outstanding as a teenager ignorant of the present reality. Sebastian Chacon as Carlos is really affable and he does a commendable job. RJ Cyler as Sean is brilliant and shares some crackling chemistry with Donald Elise Williams who is equally brilliant as Kunle. The duo are the soul of the film and it is through their gaze that the film unfolds. So you do laugh with thrm yet empathize with them too in this terrific drama.

Conclusion

Emergency is a brilliant satire which takes you on a crazy ride. Put this on your weekend watchlist now! Available on Amazon Prime and Highly Recommended!

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