Movie: The Girl With All The Gifts
My Rating: 3 stars
I watch a lot of zombie movies. I’ve almost gotten a little bit tired of them. I’ve seen just about all the permutations that exist—zombie men, zombie kids, zombie sheep, zombie Nazis. There are fast zombies and slow ones, virus zombies and supernatural ones. If it’s a living creature, it can be zombified. And, I’ve been diligently consuming all of these offerings without a care for whether they’re good or bad. But, I’m not going to stop watching these films just because a good proportion of them are total trash. It must be the idea of them that appeals to me.
This movie focuses on little zombie children. The condition seems to be caused a viral or fungal infection. And, these are the fast, running type. We begin our story in a facility that houses, monitors, and even attempts to educate a select bunch of infected children. We meet Melanie, a delightful, little girl who is cheery, talkative, and quite polite to all the workers at the center. So, it is quite shocking when we see the contempt with which the guards and scientists treat her. Security is high—almost like a maximum-security prison. And, the guards use prods, and restraints, and have the children strapped to planks like Hannibal Lecter. It’s pretty confusing until we meet Melanie’s other classmates. Where Melanie is a bright and engaged student, her fellow pupils are practically non-responsive. They are your classic, milky-eyed, lumbering, jaw-gnashing creatures that we’ve come to expect from a traditional zombie. Just a whiff of human skin will start a feeding frenzy. Melanie is clearly different from them, and the scientists at the facility are trying to figure out why.
This movie is ok. I don’t think there’s really very much that sets it apart from other movies in the genre other than the striking visuals of seeing children wearing prison oranges and those clear plastic muzzles meant for the criminally insane. But, aside from that gimmick, we’re not really working with very much new material. So, I won’t tell you to go out of your way to track this one down. But, as I know with my own experience, a zombie fan is a zombie fan. And, if you’re one of those, you’ll probably find an excuse to watch this movie anyway. So, go ahead and knock yourself out. It won’t be the best zombie movie you’ve seen, but it won’t be the worst either.