Movie Title: The Girl With All the Gifts
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.
- “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 delightful...in 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....
- “She’d feel nothing.” – Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close)
“That’s more your thing than hers.” - Helen
- “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