Movie Review: The Girl with All the Gifts (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

The Girl with All the Gifts is based on the critically acclaimed, Edgar Award-winning short story, “Iphigenia in Aulis“ by M.R. Carey. The movie was directed by Colm McCarthy and stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Fisayo Akinade and Sennia Nenua.

Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seems immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, these unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. When the base falls, one little girl escapes and must discover what she is, ultimately deciding both her own future and that of the human race.

This post-apocalyptic zombie thriller centers around this mysterious fungus that has wiped out most of the human race, leaving just a few uninfected to try and find a cure for this outbreak that turns its victims into into these thoughtless, flesh-eating monsters. There are these young children who are infected but haven’t changed so Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close) is the one tasked with experimenting on them to try and find a cure. The children are pretty much treated like wild animals and have to be restrained in some unusual ways when they are transported around. The strange thing is, they’re also allowed to attend some kind of educational class instructed by Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) who has a fondness for Melanie (Sennia Nenua) who is a special case and the key to everyone’s future.

What happens is, a horde of these infected monsters overrun the small military base and only a few are able to escape from this deadly attack. Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) leads the small group away so they can find a new location to continue their experiment on Melanie. During their journey they find out so much more about this mysterious outbreak and the strange fungus that started it all. They also come across a pack of feral children similar to Melanie except these kids are starving and can’t control their hunger pains like Melanie can. In the end this journey to save humanity ends up being an expedition of discovery and one of new beginnings.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Both discs also feature matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Girl with All the Gifts ended up being a really good watch and a completely fresh approach to the stale and saturated zombie genre. The movie takes more of a grounded approach (just like 28 Days Later) and leaves the viewer wondering if something like this could actually happen one day. I really liked the thought-provoking story for this one and the director did a really good job bringing it all to life on screen. The small cast was also great and young Sennia Nenua did such an impressive job with her unique character. We’ve also never seen Glenn Close in a movie like this and her character plays an important part to the story. As far as the movie itself goes, it’s an emotional journey that follows this small group of interesting characters but it also gets down right terrifying at times. The mannerisms and movements that the infected deliver will haunt you! To add to this creepy factor are the blood and gore, and let’s be honest, you can’t have a zombie movie without some blood and gore! The Girl with All the Gifts releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) on April 25th and is definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.00:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.00:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • “Unwrap the Secret World of The Girl with All the Gifts” Featurette (20:45)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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