Indie Gems: The Girl With All The Gifts
I'm like you.
When we first meet Melanie (Sennia Nanua) she's a normal looking girl. Aside from the fact that she lives in a cell block, and has to be transferred to her school room via restrained wheelchair, along with several other students every morning. It doesn't take long to explain why Melanie and her classmates are different. She has an innocent crush on her teacher, Ms. Justineau (Gemma Arterton) who has to be repeatedly told she's not "a real child." When all hell breaks lose, and the zombies (or in this case "hungries") on the outside break their way into the once safe compound, Melanie, Ms. Justineau, and a few others must flee to find a safe place.
I read the book last year and enjoyed it. The film does a great job of fast tracking the novel. Not much has changed. Just enough to keep the story moving but all they key elements are still there. This is one of the most fascinating takes on the zombie apocalypse I've seen in some time. And for a film that only had a 4M budget, it looks fantastic.
Nanua shines in her debut. Her persona is exactly how I pictured Melanie, friendly, eager to learn, and so kind. The same can't be said for Arterton, who I've never cared much for. (I was also picturing someone like Ruth Negga or Naomie Harris when reading) The supporting cast of Glenn Close, Paddy Considine and Fisayo Akinade are much stronger.
I don't even think this got a U.S theatrical release and if it did it was only in a few theaters, but it deserved more than that.
Watched on: Netflix DVD
Memorable Quote: "She looks at me like I'm Jesus." - Ms. Justineau (Gemma Arterton)