The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

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A group of people in a post-apocalyptic society embark on a journey of survival with a girl named Melanie who has an immunity to the fungal infection of the “Hungries”.

As a film viewer, I’m not a massive fan of zombie movies. They tend to be incredibly predictable, with boring characters and a lacklustre story. However, this film really surprised me.

It took me a short time to get fully immersed in it, but once I was it was a thrilling film. Perhaps it helped that I didn’t look up anything about the film before watching it, while still knowing that there was a book on which the film was based, but it was tautly written with characters who I followed with eagerness within their own central narrative arcs.

There was an element of predictability but the characters were not felled with a carelessness mostly seen in zombie films, and when the characters were killed off I felt genuine remorse. The acting talent throughout was superb and I particularly liked Glenn Close in her role as the doctor who tries to prepare a vaccine against the fungal infection of the Hungries.

The film itself is shot brilliantly and the cinematography is bleak. My only criticism is that the final scene could have been felled from the film without wavering the film’s effectiveness, however this is more a result of it being from an adapted book rather than any fault with the script itself.

If you are looking for a new zombie movie to watch, then I highly recommend The Girl with All The Gifts.

MY RATING: **** / *****


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