While I appreciate the extended metaphor of the film, the idea that the next generation will be even a further indoctrinated mutation to the insatiable “hunger” (though its solution to the issue is laughable), these movies are always delivered in cheap roller coaster ride fashion, they are never more than an amusement park experience. I’m waiting for someone to go Tarkovsky’s Stalker with this genre
Inventiveness mostly works until the feral children, are snatched from an 80s MTV video. The Guardian's Kermode writes, "There’s a Cronenbergian edge to the film’s ambivalent attitude towards infection, encapsulated in Nanua’s nuanced performance that shifts between youthful innocence, feral survivalism and opiate-like addiction." Arterton-Nuana's wonderful chemstry supports Melanie's final decision. 3.5 stars
Better told and more dramatically efficient than 28 Days Later and Children of Men, that it blends. The scares are better than the former, while the action sequences and developing themes are more meaningful, less melodramatic, and just-as-pulse-racing as the latter. It may not be as initially influential to the mainstream as those films, but it transcends them. It's also the best UK zombie film since 28 Weeks Later.
This is much more than just another zombie movie. Beautifully photographed and very well-directed, and with an outstanding performance of the young lead. It's also a reflection about humanity and nature, and the first deeply philosophical zombie film I've ever seen.
I couldn't finish it. GA's character really annoyed me, to the point where I wanted her to die. She disobeyed orders constantly, she was dreadful at her job, that zombie child killed two soldiers at the beginning and she brought it in the van with her, where it magically stopped wanting to eat people. My brain exploded at that point and never recovered.
If the last decade hadn't brought us Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us," countless seasons of "The Walking Dead," and last year's zombie revival "Train to Busan," then TV director Colm McCarthy's "The Girl with All the Gifts" might feel like something innovative rather than what it does: a feature-length episode of "Black Mirror" with a bleak ending that could somehow be seen to argue for or against UK immigration.
Wow, this is a very singular dystopia to watch - McCarthy really shows some nuances of virus (fungus?) spread. The overall art direction is very good, making everything make sense. Now, I could have done it without the awful final scene (really?), but it's a refreshing zombie film for sure.
You knew you were in trouble when armed guards go into the cells pointing guns at the children. It's a bit giggle inducing. It's not like they have super strength, super speed or even fangs. They're still children. The film never gets past this unbelievability point. All of the scenes with the children were inadvertently funny. In the future the children will wear color coordinated clothes and be sub-verbal. Grrrr!
TGWATG resurrects the defunct zombie genre with a story that presents a philosophical conundrum from an unexpected perspective–that being why is it humanity's right to decide what happens next in the world after it's failed? Great acting from the entire cast; beautiful cinematography; tense moments of action; and delivers just the right amount of conventional zombie film tropes without alienating mass audiences.
I wasn't in love with the trailer but the hype got me here and I'd say it is deserved. This is too under the radar for such and exquisite zombie filmmaking that would do Romero really, really proud. Of course the low budget is very apparent and sometimes it thinks it is smarter than it really is, but goddamnit it Sennia Nanua doesn't make it very fucking memorable.
As I have watched other effective zombie movies in the past, most usually have some kind of humorous overtone or doesn't actually take the content of the issue at hand seriously. Well, this film actually does just that and recalls the feel of playing the video game "The Last of Us" in more than a few places. Glenn Close and the young actress at the helm are both wonderful and it is a delight to view in all aspects.
Quite amazing that new life can still be found in the zombie genre both here and in last year's 'Train to Busan'. McCarthy's film reimagines the zombie outbreak as a disease, a fungal contagion, and finds a second generation hybrid the human's hope for a cure. The hybrid, a young girl played to perfection by newcomer Sennia Nanua, has her own hopes however straddling humanity with her ravenous desires. Top notch.