Flu review

Not what the doctor ordered

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Sneezing its way from South Korea, Kim Sung-su’s thriller would like to be the Asian answer to Contagion .

Instead, it comes off like a more bunged-up version of Outbreak , as a killer strain of H5N1 spreads and a city goes on lockdown.

Director Sung-su captures the carnage – notably a mountain of polythene-wrapped dead bodies – with some skill.

However, as led by Jang Hyuk’s cocksure rescuer, the emotional impact is strictly cut-price, with the less said about the English-speaking roles in a wretched political subplot the better.

The result? Not so much World War Z as World War Zzzz.

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James Mottram is a freelance film journalist, author of books that dive deep into films like Die Hard and Tenet, and a regular guest on the Total Film podcast. You'll find his writings on GamesRadar+ and Total Film, and in newspapers and magazines from across the world like The Times, The Independent, The i, Metro, The National, Marie Claire, and MindFood.