Blu-ray Review: The Girl with All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts presents a slight twist on the classic zombie formula. The infection is caused by a fungal disease, so the fast-moving ghouls are engulfed in nasty spores. They primarily track their prey via smell, allowing humans to go undetected when wearing a scent-masking gel. But carnage at the hand of the flesh eaters is the main selling point. Like many of the most effective zombie movies, this one uses the familiar genre set-up to frame a human story.

All Melanie (Sennia Nanua) has ever known is a dank bunker. When confined to wheelchairs in a makeshift classroom, she and the other children are locked in cells. She doesn’t question the odd behavior of the adults, who take a liking to the shrewd girl. The environment might be mistaken for some cruel prison for adolescents at first glance, but it’s apparent that these kids are different. Not until halfway through the movie is their exact affliction revealed, although it’s clearly connected to the recent zombie apocalypse.

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