The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

Directed by Colm McCarthy.  Written by Mike Carey and based on his novel of the same name.  Starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Sennia Nanua, Fisayo Akinade and Glenn Close.

Plot: a teacher, a scientist and two soldiers embark on a journey for survival with a very special young girl.


A bunch of soldiers keep a bunch of hybrid zombie/humans locked up and they’re all children see.  They crave human flesh like zombies, but like humans they can still learn and think.  One girl, Melanie (Nanua) is a little different though and her teacher, Helen Justineau (Arterton) actually likes her.  Treats her a bit like a sacred cow for the first half of the movie.  Dr. Caldwell (Close), however, wants to cut her up.  Believes she can make a vaccine out of her.  But then the “base” is overrun by zombies that they call “hungeries” and only Melanie, Justineau, Caldwell and 2 soldiers (Considine and Akinade) escape with their lives.

The first half of the movie feels very different then the second half for reasons that are hard to explain without going into spoiler detail.  The thing is, it was very original and the cast was great, but that’s all we felt it had going for it.  The end of the movie was sadly uninspiring and quite depressing.  And we didn’t think it made a whole lot of sense either.  We cannot recommend.

My score: 36.  DJ’s score: 31.

2 thoughts on “The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

  1. Good review and what you said is the way I believe most people will feel about it. I enjoyed the movie and it was like you said, almost two movies combined. Reminded me of The Postman in that way. While it was a good movie, it did seem to get a little too weird as it went on.

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