Trailer for The Girl with All the Gifts, starring Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine.
The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating ‘hungries’. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.
At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second- generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.
The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.
When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.When the trailer explains that the film is based on the highly praised novel, it’s not kidding. The Girl With All the Gifts is rocking a 4.5 star average from . That’s such strong acclaim, that I just purchased myself a copy for a bit of summer reading.
With an unknown lead, the trailer for The Girl with All the Gifts was sure to open up by introducing the more familiar faces including Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and then Gemma Arterton for good measure. And, though the Zombie genre feels like it might be at the end of its run — Vampires seemed to drop off a while ago — it is good to see this story pitching something a bit more unique. Sure, we saw Brad Pitt find a way to beat the thanks to sicknesses readily available, this time we see children who have shown at least a partially immunity to the disease. They are still a bit er, bitey however.
To top it off, I think this might be the first time we’ve heard of zombies being caused by a fungus rather than a virus; or is it just me?