The Girl With All The Gifts
The future, somewhere in the United Kingdom. Ten-year-old Melanie is held captive in a tightly guarded facility along with a few of her peers. They are so-called ‘hungries’, half-zombies. During a massive attack of hungries, a small group manages to escape the facility, among them the potentially dangerous Melanie. The best British (sort of) zombie film since 28 Days Later gives the half-asleep genre a welcome kick up the butt.
How original can a zombie film still be? We saw a different kind of zombie in Warm Bodies as well, but where that premise led to romance, Melanie’s special condition becomes a clever part of the storyline. She has to come along, because she’s vital for further research, while also protecting the others from her (more) bloodthirsty congeners. The constant suspicion against her adds an extra layer of tension. A second asset is Seniia Nanua in her first acting role, as the intelligent, sensitive Melanie who is tormented by her disorder. She is surrounded by a strong cast of veterans: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and a villainous Glenn Close.