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The Whirlwind K-drama review – Sol Kyung-gu's political series lacks substance and edge

The Whirlwind review - Despite the anticipated debut of Korean actor Sol Kyung-gu in the web series arena, this political drama fails to create magic.

2/5rating
The Whirlwind K-drama review – Sol Kyung-gu's political series lacks substance and edge
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Last Updated: 12.11 PM, Jul 02, 2024

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The Whirlwind story

Starring Sol Kyung-gu, Kim Hee-ae, and Im Se-mi in lead roles, The Whirlwind is a political drama that revolves around the colossal clash between a morally upright Prime Minister and the corrupt President. Their growing tension leads to an assassination attempt on the President, creating chaos and power struggles in the country.

The Whirlwind review

Netflix’s latest K-drama offering, The Whirlwind, lacks substance and edge in spite of its fast-paced narrative. It appears as if the characters are rushed to their ultimate goal of fighting corruption, and the story gets so complicated even in the initial episodes that it is fairly easy to lose grip.

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Despite the anticipated debut of Korean actor Sol Kyung-gu in the web series arena, this political drama fails to create magic. His patriotic character tries hard to impress but falls prey to the complex plotline that tries to add a string of spins with its multi-layered timeline but instead plunges deep with uncertainty and flawed execution.

Set against the backdrop of corruption and dirty politics, this K-drama follows the predictable storyline of a determined man who will battle against the odds for the betterment of his country, even if that means blurring the lines of morality. Although there are some twists and turns that keep you hooked once you patiently follow the story but apart from that, the makers give a hard time to viewers who miss out on minute details, as you might find it hard to catch up because of the intricate plotting and political rivalry.

From seeking the main villain of the dirty politics to the conclusion of the corrupt system, there are so many details that could have been executed differently and maybe would have worked better if it had a unique take without the monotonous set-up and timeline.

The writers probably forgot to add a touch of fascination or suspense as the series keeps on spiraling with a lackluster political battle without in-depth characters or their dynamics.

Overall, The Whirlwind fails to stir any emotions with its flawed characters and narrative. It only feels heavier with nearly 1-hour episodes and multiple episodes, when the drama could’ve ended in half of the episodes rather than dragging the plot along.

The Whirlwind verdict

This political thriller is definitely not for everyone as it follows a convoluted plotline that will not be easily absorbed by every viewer. Overall, this K-drama is skippable as it fails to grasp attention with loosely written characters and complex twists.

The Whirlwind is currently streaming on Netflix. Fans can also watch it with Hindi and English audio.

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