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The Girl with All The Gifts

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6.61 h 50 min2017X-Ray15
The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”.
Directors
Colm McCarthy
Starring
Gemma ArtertonPaddy ConsidineGlenn Close
Genres
Horror
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Sennia Nanua
Producers
Camille GatinAngus Lamont
Studio
Warner Brothers
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Foul languageviolence
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4.1 out of 5 stars

856 global ratings

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AlecReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Seeing the option to give a rating made me regret other things having 5 stars.
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I write this immediately after finishing the film, I'm still thinking about it now; it's a superb concept - I recommend you give it your full attention.

There's plenty of "zombie crap" post The Walking Dead (even more if we include the reboot/rehash craze at the moment, zombies and super-hero/comic books surely approach or exceed 70% of stuff) - and at first I feared this was another of the weird things from the depths of youtube that'd found it's way onto Amazon Prime.

This is a superb take, backed by a superb cast; I wont include anything hear that that could spoil it - but as the icon has the silhouette of a little girl: don't worry about the child actor thing - she was outstanding.

ED: These next 3 paragraphs arguably are not needed but I do still praise the film for the "background of less stretched plausibility"

It's nice to see a fungus represented in the "zombie" arena, usually it's a virus (which has become a stand-in for bacteria if it's ever mentioned) and while there's no technical reason why not, bacteria show relatively few cases of "host control" when they alter the behaviour or structure of what they inhabit. There are plenty of example of symbiosis but not "hijacking something living for their own ends" (for example root nodules - symbiotic)

If I may elaborate further: viruses are much smaller than bacteria and more like machines than things that live. They *require* a suitable host to reproduce but there are not really any phases other than "dormant" (floating around waiting to be activated and to hijack animal (us too) cells) and active (hijacking host cells to reproduce).

There's a large debate about whether or not viruses count as life (7 life processes from year 7 anyone? Argument for another time!) at all, and this is also where "computer viruses" come from, hijacking a program to run stuff in a way it ought not.

Rabies is the classic example of behaviour altering virus.

Fungi however have distinct phases to their lifetime and can be massive and multi-celled (viruses not even being a cell) and also has forms which differentiate to do different things; and thus be much more complicated in how they hijack those living; and I recognised the name of the fungus used here as one that is well studied and hijacks ants. Even giving it a layer of physical protection of a hard shell. I wont bore the reader who got this far by trying to measure "degree of hijacking" with rabies causing extreme thirst, salivation and aggression vs the behaviour of the ant. In truth they're probably similar; but suffice to say I really like the idea.

What I like about this is that the fungus has a life cycle.

It's hard to say much without spoiling it (so I will say little) but the story is superbly told. There are things which could have been "played up" more to really spell out the the thoughts it attempts to invoke, but it skilfully resists doing so - if anything leaving you wanting more.

Thinking about it now I realise that perhaps their absence was reasonable in certain places given the situations of the characters (that statement is deliberately vague! No spoiling it is my goal here)

I really don't know what else to say without risking spoiling it; but it was truly a treat to get to watch it the first time - I'm sad because I know it'll have so little re-watch value. It's just given me a lot to think about - which I like. I'd loved to have seen this with friends at a cinema purely for the bickering that happens as you walk out with them.

So to sum up:
* I really like the "more realistic" texture this has RE the "plague"/"infection" - we can measure this somewhat in "conservation of energy-ness" with The Walking Dead (I stopped watching years ago. The prison series with "The Governor" was my last) with their entropy-defying energy-factory zombies that can decay and still move.
* Great cast, great actors - even the little girl; gotta leave it there for spoiler's sake.
* Great visuals - I actually recognised at least one of the city shots as whatever that city is near Chernobyl (it was evacuated) - so we get to see "real city reclamation", the areas where the city couldn't be substituted for a Ukrainian-unless-Russia-Annexed-That-Too look great too.

The only thing I have to say about this is (as a film) is the subtitle quality is particularly poor - I've found sometimes I miss bits of dialogue and generally follow better with them on; despite this I noticed tonnes of incorrect (nonsensical - as in "that doesn't make any sense" - so I'm guessing "AI" did it) subtitles. I'd hate to actually be deaf.

PS: CHAINLINK FENCES - REALLY?!?!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great adaptation, great film!
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This is a fantastic film by itself, but also a great adaptation to the book.

I'd recommend to do both, book and film, the book was written and published while the film script was being written. They are both by the same author/writer which helps to keep it integral and faithful to the source.

Fantastically shot, great performances, everything, everything about it is great! If there was only on criticism I could find, would be that the film feels too short, but that is based on the book. But fear not as everything needed is there and you don't need to read the book to get it, as it works perfectly as a standalone film by itself.
4 people found this helpful
HolmesFanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 August 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A good read with a unique plot
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I read the book before I even knew there was a film and all the way through it, I figured it was written as a screenplay. Having said that, the film was a good take on the book. It's hard to watch a zombie film set in England and take it seriously when you see a load of zombies standing outside Next or M&S (these are no ordinary zombies, these are M&S upper-class zombies), but it managed to hold its own. The acting was a little hammy at times, typically British with not one swear word uttered even when being torn apart and hardly an emotion between them. In that respect it would have made a good Doctor Who episode. Yet it did convey the whole concept of the book, turning the notion of humanity into a question. And it didn't 'Disney-fie' the ending either, which was a bonus.
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FaithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Zombie thriller apocalypse / a brief guide as well as a review / NO spoilers!
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I grew up on George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead and certainly love my zombies. The Girl with all the Gifts is more thriller than action but that doesn't make it less interesting. There wasn't a boring moment. The actors, including Glenn Close (101 Dalmations; Fatal Attraction), playing a scientist seeking a cure, the post-apocalyptic world set in a London overgrown with flora and fungus, with very little people left, and the story with a different zombie-slant, keep things lively. There's some action and fight scenes, nothing too gory - except for the rats! No cheap shots depicting animal violence - I'm a dog-lover and can't stand that. Thankfully, no interfering love story or distracting sex scenes. No nudity. Very little swearing. The young actor, Sennia Nanua, is believable as her character, Melanie, the protagonist, and I felt compassionate towards her: She was both extremely intelligent and capable of love. An ending I didn't see coming. If you love sci fi/zombies I definitely recommend this one.
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LChPReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Starts Strong But Ends Badly
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At first The Girl With All The Gifts gives the impression that an interesting story will take place, supported by good performances from the assembled cast. Unfortunately the script does not manage to bring anything new and therefore resorts to the usual story line. It gets increasingly slow as it becomes less stimulating; the last few minutes are like torture, its apotheosis being one of the worst film endings in history. Shameful.
6 people found this helpful
Ross TunnicliffeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 December 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Every popular thing put into one movie
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The music and children part just makes me think Akira, the fungus is the last of us and then any zombie movie but probably trying to gain success from being simular to 28 days later, I mean if you want a mix of stories instead of a new story then here you go.

Update: Dropped it down a star.
They stole the ending of the walking dead game, what trash, and you will know what I mean, not the right end but the ending of the story, I was not pleased with how much content was just copied and pasted from other media sources, such a lazy movie, acting like they made something original
Mr. R. StantonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Girl with all the Gifts was one of my favourite reads from the past 12 months and so I was really looking forward to seeing this. Obviously it's not as good as the book but then what film is? Given more time I think the characters of Sergeant Parks and Dr Caldwell could have been developed further given their history that is revealed in the book, plus Justineau's tragic back story is completely ignored which is a sahme because it heavily influences her actions regarding Melanie . Despite this, the film is still decent, with very good performances, especially from the young lead Sennia Nanua. The zombie genre is very much over populated but if you're a fan and you're looking for a different take on a well worn story then this is most definitely worth a look.
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kironReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad
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Interesting concept, if an hybrid is "alive" why shouldn't it too have the chance to survive.
Given that human beings suck as a species, why not indeed.
It makes a change the ending is somewhat different from the usual practice of being predictable.

The visual quality of the movie however leaves a lot to be desired. The excuse of authenticity, pah.
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