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“The Flu” Film Review : An Overview of the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Flu is a suspenseful South Korean disaster movie. This film tells the story of the outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus (H5N1) that attacked Bundang, South Korea. The virus killed its victims in just 36 hours, causing panic and chaos.

The Korean film “The Flu” was released in 2013 and depicts an outbreak of a deadly virus that spreads through the air, creating social and economic chaos in society. While not directly representative of the COVID-19 pandemic, themes such as the airborne spread of the virus, quarantine efforts, and severe socioeconomic impacts provide an idea of how societies and governments are reacting to serious health crises. Looking at the entire chronology of this film, the audience will be made aware that this film is like a prophecy of the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus in early 2020. Starting from the spread, the symptoms and events that occur in this film are the same as what happens in real life.

“The Flu” is a Korean film that depicts the chaos and panic that ensues when a deadly disease spreads rapidly throughout a major city. This film raises the theme of humanity, despair, and the struggle to survive during disaster, with a suspenseful storyline and suspenseful action. Starring renowned actors such as So Ae and Jang Hyuk, “The Flu” tells an immersive story with compelling visual effects and convincing performances, bringing audiences into the film. One of the aspects that makes “The Flu” stand out is its ability to create tension and a tense atmosphere throughout the film.

From beginning to end, the audience is presented with scenes full of tension and anxiety. Effective use of music and sound also helps build the tension of the film and keeps the audience captivated by intense emotions throughout the film. In addition, the performance of the cast of “The Flu” also deserves high praise. so Ae convincingly plays a mother who fights to protect her daughter, while Jang Hyuk plays a rescue worker full of dedication and courage. The chemistry of the two main actors also managed to deepen the relationship between the characters and make the audience more involved in the fight against catastrophe.

In addition to the acting and atmospheric aspects, “The Flu” also manages to portray the social and psychological impact of a rapidly spreading disease.  The film shows how society reacts to crises, ranging from panic to individual selfish actions. Through various characters and their subplots.

One aspect that makes this film interesting is its focus on the humanitarian aspects during disasters. Through its characters, the film depicts courage, sacrifice, and the strength of human solidarity in the face of calamity. It’s not just a story about the plague, it’s also about how humans react in extreme situations and how important it is to support each other in the face of difficult times.

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Visually, “The Flu” does not disappoint. Special effects are used to describe the spread of the virus and its effects as real.  The disaster scene created by the visual effects managed to create a tense and memorable atmosphere for the audience. Through excellent cinematography, the film manages to portray the destruction and chaos caused by a deadly disease outbreak.

Although “The Flu” has its merits in suspenseful action and stunning visuals, it also has weaknesses in its sometimes predictable storyline and underdeveloped supporting characters. However, overall, this film is still worth watching for fans of the thriller and action genres because it can entertain and stimulate the mind of the audience with a suspenseful story. Although not perfect, “The Flu” managed to maintain the audience’s suspense and interest until the end of the story, and deserves appreciation as a Korean film that attracted attention both domestically and internationally.


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