When Mount Paektu begins triggering tremors and spewing lava, bomb disposal expert (and father-to-be) Jo In-chang (Ha Jung Woo) must break double agent Lee Jun-pyong (Lee Byung Hun) out of prison in a destabilised North Korea. Recruiting the super spy to help steal some nuclear warheads, they must set them off beneath the volcano before it takes out the entire peninsula.
Drawing from The Hurt Locker (2009), San Andreas (2015), Shiri (2003), and Armageddon (1998), Kim Byung Seo and Lee Hae Jun's disaster movie knowingly weaves together hard-hitting action, against-the-clock thrills, geopolitical espionage and family drama. Ashfall is a big, bold, bomb-astic blockbuster, constantly revelling in its own daftness without ever relaxing its apocalyptic stakes. With its star-studded cast (including. Lee Byung Hun, Ha Jung Woo and Don Lee), relentless pace and some monumental set-pieces, this one goes fully over the top, while also burrowing subversively under it.