The Girl With All The Gifts Review

The girl with all the gifts Film Review

28 Days meets Resident Evil 4 in this survival horror

Starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glen Close alongside newcomer Sennia Nanua, The Girl With All The Gifts offers a survival horror similar to 28 Days Later.  On a low budget, The Girl With All The Gifts creates an uncertain world in which a child has all the power in it.

The film is centred around a gifted child Melanie (Sennia Nanua), who is a highly intelligent child, but also shows signs of wonderment. She cannot live a normal childhood due to having contracted a virus (a mutation of Ophiocordyceps unilateralis) that makes her into a what they refer to as ‘hungries’. Melonie is different to the ‘hungries’ as she can still learn and think while the rest of the ‘hungries’ are mindless zombies. Melonie, along with the other children who avoid becoming the mindless ‘hungries’, are nurtured and kept in a high military facility until when it is attacked by ‘hungries’. This leads to Melanie escaping with her favourite teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton), Sgt.  Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and his fellow army members, along with Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glen Close) who is looking to cure the virus through experimenting on Melonie. This leads to a moral dilemma throughout, of worth it is killing Melonie to help the rest of the world.

An underrated and less known film of 2017, but it was still an intriguing watch, and it was nice to see Paddy Considine in a serious role. Gemma Arterton has come along with since St. Trinian’s and continues to be one of Britain’s finest actors. The only criticism would be the ending because of the choices that are made for Gemma’s character and how she just accepts them. Sennia puts in a great performance throughout also.

7/10

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