The Girl with all the Gifts (2016)

My computer seems to be having some sort of nervous breakdown at present, so goodness only knows if I'll actually be able to complete this review -- but I shall carry on regardless (as the film title would have it...)

I came to this relatively low-budget British film without any great expectations but was pleasantly surprised by its unusual treatment of what has become a stereotyped genre. In simple terms, it's yet another zombie flick -- but quite unlike the usual run. For a start it doesn't follow the rules laid down by the recently departed George Romero -- and these zombies are a breed apart. When we finally catch up with them well into the first half hour of the movie we discover that they are fast-moving but stand stock still until they get a whiff of fresh blood.

The movie begins as we are introduced to a pack of wheelchair bound kiddies being wheeled into their classroom for lessons from the fragrant Gemma Arterton (glammed down with little make-up). They seem harmless enough and wonder why the attendant soldiers treat them so brutally. We soon learn that they are the second generation of the broadly infected 'hungries' who have literally eaten their way out of their pregnant mommies" tummies. Unlike the first infected generation they have the gift of speech, but are just as dangerous if let loose. Resident scientist is hoping to dissect them in turn too develop an antidote.




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