M. R. Carey’s phenomenal best-selling 2014 novel, The Girl with All the Gifts, gets the big-screen treatment in the 2016 adaptation, starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and newcomer Sennia Nanua. Set against the backdrop of a “zombie”-infested England and revolves around a young girl, Melanie, who’s intellect sets her aside from the other infected “hungries” – the affectionate name for the people infected by a emerging fungal disease which zombifies its victims.
Humanity’s future looks bleak in the midst of a zombie apocalypse scenario brought upon by a mutation of a fungal virus which robs those afflicted with it of their free-will and transforms them into mindless, flesh-craving “zombies.” The small glimmer of hope, borne within the bowels of a military outpost in rural England, is a small group of second generation children who – while still craving human-flesh – retain the free-will and sentience. Amongst them is a particularly intelligent young girl, Melanie (Sennia Nanua) who seems key to the mysterious plans of the base’s chief science officer, Dr Caroline Cadwell (Close). However, Melanie, accompanied by her teacher Miss Justineau (Arterton), Cadwell and a hardened army officer, Eddie Parks (Considine) after a large scale breach in the outpost’s security threatens to extinguish humanity’s only hope of survival. On the run with those who hate and fear her “kind”, Melanie finds herself in a desperate fight for survival and begins to question whether humanity is worth saving at all.
The Girl with All the Gifts – Monday 10:50pm on Sky Cinema (Hits).