Ben Oliver

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The Girl With All the Gifts

They just want to live. Everybody wants that.
13 January 2018

When your zombie film doesn’t have much cash behind it you have to turn to the cast and screenplay to make things work. This mostly does. Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close provide the human contingent and Sennia Nanua stars as a half-human half-zombie child in her feature debut.

It’s a tense horror thriller rich in metaphor. McCarthy leans on the premise and story to get a reaction from the audience rather than cheap jump scares.

The whole thing flounders a little in the middle and it ruins the build up to the end, but the actual ending is bold and surprising enough to forgive all of that.

A solid British horror survival drama worth a watch if you like the genre.