The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Colm McCarthy
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Dominique Tipper, Glenn Close
Rated: R/Region A/2:00/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available From Lionsgate
In the future, a strange fungus has changed nearly everyone into a thoughtless, flesh-eating monster. When a scientist and a teacher find a girl who seems to be immune to the fungus, they all begin a journey to save humanity.
In a world where zombies may have run their course for the moments, it is good to see a zombie movie with a little something new to offer up. The Girl with All the Gifts brings new things to the zombie/infected table. Yes, the movie is way more 28 Days Later than Dawn of the Dead but perhaps we need something more in that nature in order to do something different. The world we are inside of in this film has mostly been overrun by these infected folks and bases are set up with children that share that gene but can also function normally some of the time. It is a bit of a complex story but the point is we follow on of those kids, her teacher who she is just as fond of as she is of her, and a group of military types after the fall of a base. I will admit that the film might have a better start than it does a finish, but it is still very solid and entertaining. When we have action is it fast and bloody. The story is enough but having some good violence on top of it all never hurts.
The movie is good all around but I’m sure you’ll notice the acting chops of our two main leading ladies, Gemma Arterton and Sennia Nanua. This is a horror film with good acting all around but those two are the ones that will stick out the most. I have a feeling this is one you’ll be seeing named on a lot of year-end top 10 lists and I can totally see that. It seems to pack enough of the right stuff that anyone, horror fan or not, could probably watch this and enjoy what they see out of it. It is a smartly done film that leans more towards infection than flat-out zombie movie but I don’t think we really need to waste our time focusing on that sort of stuff when we have such a well-made film right here in front of us for everyone to enjoy.
– Unwrapping the Secret World of the Girl with all the Gifts
Quality of Transfer: 99%