The Girl With All The Gifts immediately starts the viewer with questions…
A 10 year-old girl wakes in the cell of a seemingly military controlled facility, possibly underground. She rises from her bunk, dresses in a set of faded red sweats, then voluntarily sits in a wheelchair. Moments after two soldiers enter her cell at gunpoint to strap her arms, legs, and head to the chair, followed by rolling her in to a classroom with similarly secure children.
As class begins you find that all of these kids are very intelligent … and seemingly happy … but soon you find out why these children are so closely controlled. In a post-apocalyptic dystopian future, society has broken down after a fungal disease has infected and all but destroyed humankind, turning its victims into flesh-eating “hungries” – fast moving, mindless, and ravenous zombies. They are capable of running over long distances, and quickly transferring the infection through their bites.
RadioTimes.com said that The Girl With All The Gifts is “The best zombie movie since 28 Days Later” – and BagpiperDon is inclined to agree!
The bar for zombie films Has Been RAISED.
You know when you hear an album that’s so good you play it twice in a row? Have you ever had that with a movie? That was this film for me — I watched it back to back!
The Girl With All The Gifts is the most unique and original Z-film I have seen since 28 Days Later and World War Z. BRILLIANTLY acted by Glenn Close (yes, six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close is in a zombie film), along with Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, and staring new-comer Sennia Nanua as Melanie, the little girl. What is it about Brits and Z-movies – The Girl With All The Gifts is SPECTACULAR! And if Sennia keeps acting like this … she’s going to go FAR — what a treat to see such a future talent! By the way, this was directed by Colm McCarthy, one and the same as Peaky Blinders — unbelievably for £4 million, which is about $5 million. Filming lasted seven weeks in The West Midlands, taking place in Birmingham city centre, Cannock Chase, Dudley and Stoke-on-Trent. Aerial views of a deserted London were filmed with drones in the abandoned Ukrainian town of Pripyat, which has been uninhabited since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Is this film in my BagpiperDon’s +/- Top 10 list…?
The original science-fiction novel, The Girl With All The Gifts, is by M.R. Carey. Published in June 2014 by Orbit Books, it based on his 2013 Edgar Award nominated short story “Iphigenia In Aulis“. 28 Days Later – IMDB and Wikipedia
And now, every e-thing you want about Pripyat…
- Visit Chernobyl and Pripyat – Nuclear disaster tourism in Ukraine
- Pripyat.com – Site created by former residents
- 25 years of satellite imagery over Chernobyl Pripyat map
- PripyatPanorama.com – Pripyat in Panoramas Project
- ExploringTheZone.com – 5-year project documenting the Pripyat and Chernobyl Zone
- Pripyat-City.ru – Blog related to Pripyat
- ChernobylGallery.com – Photographs of Pripyat and Chernobyl