In a universe of movies that are filled with people doing crazy things, Will Smith and his crew managed to come up with an easy to understand one. The Flu - even though there is no known origin to this name - is a movie that is very short and easy to follow. The movie itself can be seen as the first step in a journey for the world's movie producers.
The story is set in Los Angeles and revolves around a group of friends who make up the film crew of a TV show in Chicago. The crew member they are dealing with in this film are Hollywood's most famous surgeon and star of a major movie. The film goes a long way towards showing how ordinary people can do extraordinary things just by believing in themselves. The movie is a smash hit for many reasons. It's highly entertaining, has a unique plot, and does not require any reference points to make it work.
Airing across several shows on three networks in a television series, The Flu is very similar to The Sopranos and Seinfeld. The characters found in this movie are fairly the same as well. Each character is aware of their popularity and use it to their advantage in order to create drama for the viewers. The group is made up of Sopranos crew members (Vince, James, John, and Harry), The Americans (Keri, Holly, Paige, and Elizabeth), and Seinfeld crew members (Keith, John, and Susan).
Since these shows are relatively new to television, many of the elements of Internet TV and Internet Video are new to viewers as well. The Flu is no exception. For example, the characters are not introduced until halfway through the movie. The audience is introduced to them through flashbacks and other characters before they have been introduced to the audience. What I am trying to say is that the first half of the movie does not need to get into the motivation for why these characters became famous or how they are in the business.
This movie could be compared to The Sopranos and Seinfeld in many ways. The biggest similarity is that they each have their own distinct voice and can be viewed as a fan fiction of each other. The point of view of The Flu is the same as those two shows as well; the actors or crew who are following their own individual storylines.
In many ways, The Flu is a step up from Seinfeld. The Flu is not just about the main characters (or his/her main character if you want to be more scientific about it). The characters are found in the background and usually find themselves involved in some form of controversy or conflict. This is where the great plot twists come in, as this story is just about the missteps that happen in the characters' lives. The best part of this movie is that it doesn't take a year of experience to write the script, because unlike Seinfeld, this movie does not have a central theme or a great premise.
One major reason to watch this movie is because of the star. Though he is not a popular movie star, Will Smith is a talented actor and his acting is superb. This movie has been compared to his cult films and I have to agree that he steals the show.
In my opinion, The Flu is a movie that is fun to watch. It's hard to say if the plot twists are bad or good but either way they can be fun. Overall, the movie was very well done. The story follows the basic structure of both Seinfeld and The Sopranos but still managed to come up with its own style.