The Movie: 8.5/10
I don’t want to spoil anything about this movie, but then the images tell you something big is happening, so if you don’t want to know the gritty details stop reading and go watch the movie:)
ZOMBIES…yes! End of review…oh, you need more?
I am on board with any zombie story. It can be stupid or genius (are their genius zombie stories?) and I want to see it, read it, hear it. The Girl With All The Gifts is a world fallen to a fungus that zombifies people. If that sounds familiar, yes, it’s based on the zombie ant thing you saw on the Discovery Channel. It’s kind of low-key and then BAM, you get the full effect of a collapsed human world with long shots of a dead London, a decimated army, and lots of ambling bloodied and deathly humans populating the landscape. Among the bigness of the downfall, it’s still a pretty quiet type of film. We follow a girl who clearly has something about her that is not “normal”. She’s kept in handcuffs with a mask thing on her face, Hannibal Lector has competition now for the creepiest movie mask ever.
The characters are as well-rounded as we will get in a zombie type flick. We have the lead teacher lady who is bonded with our girl “zombie”. There is the hard nut scientist lady who’s trying to fix the fungus problem. They can’t resist giving us a yelling hardened soldier guy who, spoiler, softens up a bit and you end up liking him. They do make a good little band of survivors in this unfriendly world, just not the most surprising or unpredictable individuals:)
The sets and design are amazing. I love a rotting environment vibe, and they really capture that. Well, it’s rotting humans, and lots of nature overgrowth. We are 10 years into this “crisis” so city buildings look a lot like those abandoned places you see on the internet and in expensive coffee table books these days. For a lower budget flick they sure make things look nice. I can imagine walking these streets and smelling the smells..ick.
The performances are good. There are no over reactors, just a few disposable characters who don’t do much to fill their time on-screen. Our leading young lady is amazing. Sennia Nanua is held captive by the grown ups, and we learn why pretty quickly. She seems like an innocent little girl, but buried deep insider her cells, or her brain, or wherever this fungus has taken hold, is a living thing that just wants to survive…watch out humans!
The concept of this movie isn’t new, fallen human society with nature taking over the joint. The thing is, we get that one little nugget of goodness I won’t be sharing with you today. Watch it and see what you think.
- Unwrap The Secret World Of The Girl With All The Gifts (20 Minutes) – EPk style making of with very little on how the film was actually made. Some good footage of Glenn Close on the set though.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 8/10
Take way all the words and leave just the face in the mask, and we have a winner. i would have this as a poster, yes.
Audio & Video: 7/10
The Girl With All The Gifts comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate and a 1080P AVC encode that leaves little on the table. The Aspect Ratio of the film is a little strange at 2.00:1 which is not a shape I have seen before. Filmed digitally using the Alexa camera the movie is sharp as a pin and has superb shadow detail. Color grading throughout the film leaves the world looking yellow and tan but hey this is the end of the world.
The DTS-Master Audio 5.1 track used here is quite masterful with lots of LFE and a very large sound-stage that might need to be dialed back slightly as it gets quite loud. Dialog is central and prioritized you will have no trouble hearing the English accents on display here.
Overall Score 8.5/10