The Girl With All That Gifts unwraps a new breed of sentiment in the genre of zombie movies. Never have I felt for the living dead in such a profound manner. What a passionate, yet horrifying, offering by notable British writer Mike “MR” Carey – who wrote a science-fiction novel for Orbit books released June 2014 with the same title as the film (first named “She Who Brings Gifts”). He wrote the screenplay in coalition with the book, with a slightly different spin on his original story for the cinematic adaptation.
Director Colm McCarthy breathes life into Carey’s take on the brain-dead flesh devouring pages in his book to an engaging visual of a post-apocalypse land of dystopia gore. It is not your usual zombie thriller, where the zombie simply follows you until it eats you, nor is it the typical set-up that’s merely about just scaring you. The shaping of each scene produces a terrifying scenario that will also make you think deeper than the bloody residue left on each victim, making you ponder the what if’s about humanity’s future.
From the gush of brains to the intellect of the mind, you will be grossed and engrossed by little Melanie’s (Sennia Nenua) fascinating walk of vitality and demise. This young lady’s performance is pure genius and carries the plot with magnitudes of captivating strength. She plays off the compelling energy of her beloved teacher, Ms. Justineau (Gemma Arterton), to whom she grows internally connected.
Six time Academy award nominee Glenn Close embodies intense chills to the cold atmosphere as biologist Dr. Caroline Caldwell. Her experimental judgments ring alarms of morality with deadly caution as she researches for answers to the fungal disease taking over mankind. The entire cast portrayed their characters as if they put themselves in the position of this really happening in this day and age.
Whispering sounds of empathy raveled inside eerie, petrifying resonance swarms through “The Girl With All The Gifts.” It was so stirring, yet eloquently scored by Christobal Tapia de Veer – who was able to craft sinister and beauty into every note played under the belly of this film.
The Girls With All The Gifts bestows a notion of hope when it seems there is none; unleashing many complex issues that will ultimately lead to the unveiling of an unstoppable force. It explores the power of self-control in the most desperate instinct of inevitable temptation, leaving us to wonder who we are in survival mode.
Released on Warner Bros. Pictures in the U.K. September 23, 2016 and on Saban Films in the USA February 24, 2017, “The Girl With All The Gifts” (produced by Will Clarke, Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont) is still playing in select theaters. It is also available to watch On Demand, and on Amazon Videos and iTunes.
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