“The Girl with All the Gifts” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

4 October, 2016

Director: Colm McCarthy
Screenwriter: Mike Carey
Director of Photography: Simon Dennis
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua

Synopsis: Set in a dystopian future in which the majority of the population have transformed into zombies after a virus outbreak, The Girl with All the Gifts tells the remarkable story of a second-generation zombie who displays the full characteristics of an empathetic and intelligent human being.

Girl with All the Gifts Review:

The moment George A. Romero introduced the lovable Bub in “Day of the Dead” he handed horror writers an encyclopaedia of storytelling potential. Could a ravenous beast possibly be tamed or trained? Could a bloodthirsty monster have intelligence and a soul? “The Girl with All the Gifts” doesn’t simply ask this question, it shapes it into a whole new line of interrogation as a young girl with remarkable abilities puts into question the whole meaning of the term ‘zombie.’

Although it might’ve been a little meatier if it had been adapted into a full-length miniseries, “The Girl with All the Gifts” is personally adapted to the screen by the novel’s original writer M. R. Carey who puts care and attention in his meticulous stripping back of the power that comes with being top of the food chain. A zombie invasion is, after all, a reshuffle of the very fabric of our society. It’s a painful knock down the pecking order and one that can induce a new sense of self-awareness in a minuscule group of human survivors. The movie shows how zombies can alter our understanding of savagery as they are birthed from the bodies of human beings, making them no more or less creatures of survival and instinct than the uninfected.

Given that there have already been an abundance of zombie-themed movies and TV shows in recent years, “The Girl with All the Gifts” occasionally slacks a little and turns to convention for quick bouts of suspense. It definitely feels a little bit too much like “28 Days Later” and “The Walking Dead” at times with its athletic high-speed zombies and dysfunctional troupe of survivors. Thankfully, the young Sennia Nanua shines as the second-generation zombie who utilises her intelligence for the greater good and the film’s focus on the growth of her character in crucial in adding a layer of intrigue to an already overflowing sub-genre.


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