The Girl with All the Gifts
Release year: 2016
Director: Colm McCarthy
Screenwriter: Mike Carey, based on the short story ‘Iphigenia In Aulis’ by Mike Carey
Starring: Sennia Nanua, Fisayo Akinade, Paddy Considine, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Dominique Tipper
Twenty years after humanity was infected with a fungus turning the infected into zombie-like characters, a group of children infected in the womb live highly guarded with survivors believing they may be the key to a cure. Despite warnings of getting close to the children, the compassionate teacher Miss Helen Justineau (Arterton) develops a relationship with Melanie (Nanua).
If nothing else, The Girl brings variation to the zombie genre with an intelligent movie bound to leave you discussing the ending. Arterton (The Voices, 2014) and especially young Nanua (The Fight, 2018) delivers strong performances that push even the talented Considine (Tyrannosaur, 2011) and Close (Fatal Attraction, 1987) are pushed in the background. As much as this is about zombies, or ‘hungries’ as they are called in the movie, this is about the growing friendship between two females in two very different position. It is less action-packed than most of the genre with quiet moments giving time for the characters to build but it is also far more unpredictable than most in the genre. This is the zombie movie for people who prefer movies that makes them think.
Some of the aerial footage was shot by a second unit in the ghost town of Prypjat, near Chernobyl, in Ukraine. Director Colm McCarthy: “I was very interested in post-apocalyptic imagery and urban exploration. We wanted to surprise people rather than have people coming in expecting a studio level film. We sent a micro drone unit to Pripyat, Chernobyl to shoot helicopter footage with Pripyat doubling for urban London.”
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video
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