Friday, January 6, 2017

The Girl With All The Gifts presents a satisfying spin on the zombie movie genre

Grade:  B+

Rating: R, 1 hour 51 minutes

In a Nutshell: This dystopian horror drama is based on the best-selling book by M.R. Cary and delivers a satisfying spin.

There are some typical zombie tropes in this British film, but there is more to it than a predictable splatter-fest.

 Uplifting theme: 
  • “Hope is the good thing that makes you be able to stand all of the bad things.” – Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton)
  • “They just want to live.  Everyone does.” – Melanie (Sennia Nanua)
  • Humanity vs. science
  • Look for the images that reveal the theme of nature claiming humanity.  Even the zombies have emerging layers of moss on their faces and bodies.  Fascinating.

Things I liked:
  • Sennia Nanua is a creepy way.
  • The ending is really fun and different.
  • I'm told that the film is backed by real science in parts.
  • There is a good atmospheric score by Cristobal Tapia de Veer that sets the mood and seamlessly blends into sound effects.
  • I thought the two mother figures offered interesting metaphors. 
Things I didn’t like:
  • It’s hard to stand a chance against zombies who RUN!
  • Most of the characters make some really dumb choices.
  • The CGI of London didn’t look very real at times.
  • I kind of go into a food coma after I eat too.  Ha ha
  • I haven't read the book, but I hear that the 3rd act of the movie adaptation was negatively changed from the book's more satisfying final unfolding.  Isn't that kind of a cliche though...the book is always better than the movie...except maybe Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy - Extended Edition (The Fellows....

Interesting lines:
  • “She’d feel nothing.” – Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close)
“That’s more your thing than hers.” - Helen

Funny lines:
  • “Was that cathartic?” – Dr. Caroline Caldwell  
  • “Now our mission is to keep ourselves off the F-ing menu.” – Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine)
  • “Do you want a cat?” Helen
“I already had one.” – Melanie 
  • “Pretend you’re really scared of me.” – Melanie
“Pretend?” – Sgt. Eddie Parks

Tips for parents: 
  • A LOT of F-bombs. Some other profanity.
  • Blood, gore, zombie attacks, violence, fighting

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