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And Now Onto LaLa's Review
The Girl with all the Gifts
Starring: Glenn Close, Gemma Arteron, Sennia Nanua
Based on the book of the same title by M.R. Carey, The Girl with all the Gifts takes place in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world that has been taken over by a fungal infection, causing humans to turn into zombie-like creatures called "hungries". A scientist, a teacher, and soldiers are set off on a journey for survival once their base is attacked by these "hungries" and is no longer safe. Along with them is Melanie, a very special kind of child that is their only hope for survival.
The premise may sound a tad bit familiar when you hear "fungal infection", and "special kind of child", because it's very much like the phenomenal horror game, The Last of Us. Carey's book and the game both came out around the same time, but they're different enough to give you a totally different story. Check them both out, for sure!
The book is one of my favorites. It's scary, it's emotional, as well as full of fantastic action. When I heard that it was being made into a film, I was excited. Especially since it's the closest thing to a Last of Us film I feel we're going to get. Once the trailer dropped I was completely sold on the film, I just had to wait patiently for it to come out on blu-ray, since it was the UK only release at first.
I purchased the blu-ray the day it was released and was NOT disappointed. I don't want to give any plot details away in my reviews, so I'll just speak to why this is a fantastic film.
For one, the cinematography is amazing. The film opening in the underground bunker where the "special children" are locked up and bound to wheelchairs sets the mood and the atmosphere and the dystopia scenery outside of the bunker was frightening. The acting by the children, who are infected with this virus but don't have any physical signs of it, is as scary as can be, but what really shines out is our lead Sennia Nanua as Melanie. Her whole vibe perfectly captures the book version of her character and the couldn't have cast a better girl for the role.
Gemma Arteton is the perfect Miss Justineau, and Glenn Close was surprisingly excellently cast as the selfish scientist Dr. Caldwell.
And now to briefly discuss the "hungries". Once again, if you've played the Last of Us, you'll immediately be reminded of the fungal infected "clicker" enemies. The makeup job on the hungries, as well as the scavenger type humans, was some scary scary stuff. There was one part with a mother "hungry" pushing around a baby carriage, that truly frightened me...you'll know it when you see it.
All in all, with some minor changes from the book, this film follows it better than most book to film adaptations I've seen. If you're a lover of zombies, some gore, and an excellent story, The Girl With All the Gifts is one of the best ones I've seen in a long time. I highly recommend it, as well as the book. It's scary, it's emotional, and a great watch.