The Girl with All the Gifts Movie Review
The last season of The Walking Dead may have been a letdown, but there’s another tasty chunk of human flesh to sink your teeth into: the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller The Girl with All the Gifts.
Sennia Nanua stars as a young girl who lives as a prisoner at an army base that is dedicated to studying a unique set of children. The children are partially immune to a zombie outbreak that has destroyed most of the world—they are infected, but have maintained their intelligence. When the base is overrun by “hungries,” she flees with her teacher (Gemma Arterton) and base commander (Paddy Considine).
In the real world, where zombie outbreaks have seemingly been explored from every perspective one could imagine, it’s refreshing to see that filmmakers are still able to find unique angles in the entertaining genre.
No one is going to declare The Girl with All the Gifts groundbreaking or completely unique—after all, the action still primarily revolves around the protagonists fending off mindless, flesh-lusting creatures—but director Colm McCarthy, working from a novel and screenplay by Mike Carey, does his best to set the film apart from the hundreds of other zombie movies you’ve likely seen.
Nanua is great in the lead role, especially for a young actress who is making her big-screen debut. She makes for an interesting and unique protagonist, an individual who is both innocent and extremely dangerous, level-headed yet uncontrollable when instinct kicks in.
If you’re into zombie movies, The Girl with All The Gifts is a must-see. It isn’t the best zombie movie ever made, but it’s fast-paced, entertaining and fun to watch.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.