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The Girl With All the Gifts (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Girl with All the Gifts grapples with thought-provoking questions without skimping on the scares -- and finds a few fresh wrinkles in the well-worn zombie horror genre along the way.

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The near future humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating "hungries". Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second-generation "hungries" are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure. The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau. When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

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Cast

Gemma Arterton
as Helen Justineau
Paddy Considine
as Sgt. Eddie Parks
Glenn Close
as Dr. Caroline Caldwell
Sennia Nanua
as Melanie
Anamaria Marinca
as Dr. Selkirk
Fisayo Akinade
as Kieran Gallagher
Abigail Sams
as Classroom Kid
Amy Newey
as Feral Kid
Elizabeth Anne Fuller
as Classroom Kid
Eve Daly
as Classroom Kid
Richard Price
as Hungry - Tree Hungry
Daniel Eghan
as Soldier
Tessa Morris
as Rat Girl
Elise Reed
as Aarra - Feral Child
Ross Green
as Hungries
Amy Floyd
as Hungry
Zak Holland
as Hungry 1
Sean Evans
as Hungry
Macey Ward
as Feral Kid
Jim Macie
as Hungry
Alex Reed
as Hungree
Ita O'Brien
as Pram Lady Hungry
Tina Holland
as Hungry 2
Eli Lane
as Kenny
Ryan Isaac
as Classroom Kid
Ria Lopez
as Hungry
Jing Lang
as Zombie
Megan Lane
as Feral Child
Elizabeth-Anne Fuller
as Classroom Kid
Sean Garratt
as Soldier
Will Brooks
as Painted Boy
Joel Sheldon
as T-Shirt Boy
Rayn Khan
as Hero Hungry
Julie-Anne Evason
as Hospital Hungry
Elena Koneska
as Hospital Hungry
Alexandria Wright
as Tree Hungry
Gabriel McMullan
as Feral Child
Maisie Clayton
as Feral Child
Savannah Twaite
as Feral Child
Alicia I. Morris
as Feral Child
Jayden Hanley
as Classroom Kid
Nina Rundle
as Classroom Kid
Luke Jones
as Hungry
Callum Lloyd
as Classroom Kid
Dylan McMullan
as Feral Child
Ebru Anik
as Hungry
Shay Gutteridge
as Classroom Kid
Adele Wade
as Hungry
Ryan Green
as Hungry
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Critic Reviews for The Girl With All the Gifts

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (12)

Like Melanie, The Girl With All the Gifts is neither dead nor alive but somewhere in between.

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Might be the most inadvertently appropriate analog to life in 2017's increasingly unstable world.

February 25, 2017 | Full Review…
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Just when you thought the zombie genre was out of ideas, along comes Colm McCarthy's smart and engaging The Girl with All the Gifts, a film with echoes of George A. Romero, Danny Boyle, and Robert Kirkman.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A wicked, gory and even occasionally funny take on George A. Romero.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's all fairly interesting if less than captivating, driven mostly by Nanua's bright performance.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's a film for people who thought they never needed to sit through another zombie flick. It's also quite likely the strangest entry that will ever appear on Glenn Close's IMDB page.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl With All the Gifts

An exceptional cast which you don't normally see in a low budget zombie movie. Close and Arterton are brilliant as the supporting antagonists and protagonist but as a zombie movie it really doesn't work for me.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

The Girl With All The Gifts is a prime example why British zombie films are the best. When you compare something like 28 Days Later to World War Z, the former is head and shoulders above the latter. There is something about the backdrop of England (maybe because I live there) and a smaller budget that makes these films much more terrifying. In this iteration, a mutated fungal disease has turned the human race into flesh-eating...wait for it..."hungries". Some children are immune to it and are able to interact with the environment whilst still having the infection. So essentially half "hungry" and half human. Can they be trusted? That is the question. I really liked the atmosphere to this film, the aesthetic appeal felt like the video game The Last of Us. The production design of post-apocalyptic England looked great, the surge of environmental succession in urban settlements felt fitting. The makeup for the "hungries" was realistic...in a horrific kind of way. The cast was excellent, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close were all dependable and brought much needed humanisation to the story. Newcomer Sennia Nanua was able to hold her own against these experienced actors, I thought she performed well. The story in itself is basically survival. Both for the human race and Melanie's (Nanua's character) own future, so there is an internal conflict. Unfortunately, that conflict isn't well presented and I'm sure everyone who has seen it knows that the ending was...an interesting choice to say the least. I won't ruin it but a decision is made out of nowhere, it felt rather out of place. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. The script is concise, perhaps too concise to the point where our characters are considered monotonous. This is definitely more of a visual story, and the eerie musical score helps elevate the creep factor substantially. I found it to be hypnotic. This is a good little zombie flick that has excellent technical aspects, although the execution of the ending is questionable.

Luke Andrews
Luke Andrews

Super Reviewer

½

The Gurl with all the Gifts is not to be missed. Yes it is a bloody post apocalyptic thriller, but it takes the genre in a new direction. Acting by Glenn Close and the girl playing Melanie almost paralleled, shows we will do anything to survive.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

Super Reviewer

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