Mike Carey (which was a pretty good read, by the way), The Girl With All the Gifts is an adaptation that ends up being better than most. That probably has to do with the fact that the screenplay was written by the book's author, which allowed for a certain level of care in the translation.
For those who have read the book, there are changes from book to screen, as there usually are, most notably certain deaths, and the omission of the "junkers" from the story. The ending "holy shit" ending stays faithful though.
Overall, fans of the book should be pleased with this adaptation.
|HE'S NOT BUYING THE NICE ACT, THOUGH. NOT FOR A MINUTE.|
|OR MAYBE THEY'LL JUST DIE.|
The movie may be about a group of characters trying to survive a plague that turns people into infected "Hungries" that want to eat their face off, and of their mission to find a cure to the madness so that they can go on living, but that's about all that's familiar in this one. The place where the story ends up is pretty bold, and refreshing in a way.
The ending was bold a shocking, to say the least.
We also loved the way that the Hungries would stand around like they'd been paused, until they heard or smelled something edible come close. That made for a few intense scenes that mad us hold our breath.
Newcomer Sennia Nanua is the star of the show here, and she carries the movie admirably on her young shoulders. Considering that she's sharing the screen with top-notch actors like Glenn Close and Paddy Considine, that's saying something. She's all kinds of lovable as Melanie, to the point where you just want to reach through the screen and hug her, but at the same time she gave off a creepy aura of someone who could snap and rip a throat out at any minute. Nice job, kid.
And of course how can we not mention the beautiful Gemma Arterton, who is always a welcomed sight on screen.
|CREEPY AS SHIT.|
|SHE'S A MESSY EATER.|
|SHE SHOULD REALLY LOSE THAT SWEATER. IT'S WAY TOO CUMBERSOME.|
|OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW, NANA!|
Overall though, this is a very solid flick that you'd do well to check out.
The Girl With All the Gifts is available now on VOD, with a Blu-ray/DVD release to follow on April 25th.
Gemma Arterton has some gifts of her own. Oh yes, she's got some gifts.