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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