You’re kind of a film fan, right? So you’ve probably seen 28 Days Later? And you remember that feeling you felt when you had stumbled across a lesser known foreign zombie flick and were like “hot dam.” And on rainy days, scanning for something to do, you long for that feeling again, right?
I found that when I saw The Girl With All the Gifts.
This unsuspecting movie hit me totally by surprise. It starts in some sort of military bunker where a a teacher is teaching to a group of young students who are strapped to their desks, glared at by seemingly disgusted soldiers. It doesn’t rush to answer your questions, but it ultimately takes you on a ride through a post human universe where the children are the next mutation of a zombie virus which appears to have wiped out much of humanity.
Mike Carey, writer of both the inspiring novel and screenplay, brings his comic book sensibility to the big screen. What is at its core a zombie film, reads more like the human panic of V for Vendetta, the confusion of mutation and technology of WE3 and the tests of humanity of The Walking Dead. (Comic book versions of all, to be clear). It’s a story far deeper than your average “… of the Dead” flick, but doesn’t skimp on the snapping zombies.
I can’t say enough about this roller coaster through the not so distant future. It’s acted so beautifully and is such a great take on the genre. You’ll also be pretty surprised by a lot of the cast.
A little birdie told me it is screening at The Royal in Toronto and I recommend you all check it out.
Great if you liked: The Walking Dead, V for Vendetta, Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Morgan, Cloverfield, The Mist, Monsters