The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
Here comes a post-apocalyptic zombie-film with some novel ideas (although criticized 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 thematic 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.