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The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

Director:
Colm McCarthy
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
GENRE
Science Fiction/Horror
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Girl with All the Gifts
RUNNING TIME
111 minutes
Producer:
Will Clarke
Camille Gatin
Angus Lamont
Screenwriter (based on his own novel):
M. R. Carey


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Helen Justineau Gemma Arterton
Sgt Eddie Parks Paddy Considine
Dr Caroline Caldwell Glenn Close
Melanie Sennia Nanua
Dr Selkirk Anamaria Marinca
Devani Dominique Tipper
Pvt Kieran Gallagher Fisayo Akinade
Pvt Dillon Anthony Welsh

 

Review

Here comes a post-apocalyptic zombie-film with some novel ideas (although cricitized for being snatched from the computer game "The Last of Us") and a cerebral level on par with the previous great film in this genre, 2007's I Am Legend. This film has a more expansive world than Legend, however, and the brilliantly constructed in-medias-res opening deployed by director Colm McCarthy effectively sets the tone for the film. The title character, called Melanie, is played with some bravura by young talent Sennia Nanua, and remains an enigma long enough to make the nerve of the film's first half slide elegantly over into the thematical strength of the second. The film is also notable for its number of strong female characters, with Glenn Close shining in an atypical role for her, which she unsurprisingly completely makes her own. And the film's ending is both a poetic and pragmatic comment on evolutionism and humanity, giving more food for thought than films in this genre usually does.

Copyright 29.6.2017 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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