Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seems immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, these unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. When the base falls, one little girl escapes and must discover what she is, ultimately deciding both her own future and that of the human race.
What We Thought:
The Girl With All The Gifts is one of the most original zombie films we’ve seen in a while. In a genre that’s flooded with movies, it’s nice to get something that feels fresh and tries something new.
That being said I didn’t love the movie. I liked it, but I guess I had too high of expectations. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good and worth seeing, but I wanted a classic and didn’t quite get it.
Even though it’s not a clear-cut classic, it’s a film zombie fans will be taking things away from. They don’t call them zombies or walkers, they are called hungries. A group of kids are used as test dummies to try to find a cure to the hungries problem. Spores or plant life seem to be the cause and Glenn Close is there to try to solve it. After the base is overrun, a young test subject along with her teacher (Gemma Arterton), Close and some military type led by Paddy Considine try to get the girl to another base and figure out how to cure the disease.
I appreciate the film trying something different. Horror, especially zombies, have so many uninspiring films come out week after week. Having kids as a possible treatment is cool. Having the young girl being able to control herself and take on hungries and walk among them is cool too. Using an ointment to hide themselves and putting a mask on her so she wouldn’t bite them is pretty original as well. You can tell they wanted a different type of zombie film, not just a fast running type or slow-moving type we are used to.
The Blu-ray looks really good. The setting and production design look great in HD. Audio has full dialogue and screams. There is a featurette as a bonus feature.
The Girl With All The Gifts is worth the watch if you are into zombie films/TV shows. They try something new which I 100% respect. I don’t know if it’s the best zombie movie since 28 Days Later as the box says, but it’s definitely one of the most original.
- “Unwrap the Secret World of The Girl with All the Gifts” Featurette
Cast & Crew:
- Gemma Arterton
- Paddy Considine
- Glenn Close
- Sennia Nanua
Recommended If You Like:
- 28 Days Later
- Zombie Flicks