Stuff I Watched #4: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

Director Colm McCarthy and novice screenwriter Mike Carey (adapting the script from his own novel) do their best to pump fresh blood into the tired zombie genre (for example, the Z-word is rarely used – here the flesh-eating critters are called “hungries” and contacted their condition through a fungal infection).

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Gemma Arterton in “The Girl With All the Gifts”

Brit beauty Gemma Arterton dispenses with make-up to reveal the natural beauty within (and has seldom been more convincing) as a teacher who lets her emotions get in the way of her job. Veteran actress Glenn Close (sporting an unflattering butch cut) is characteristically convincing as a scientist so focused on her work that she is oblivious to her humanity.

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GLENN CLOSE IN “GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS”

Add Paddy Considine as a volatile soldier to the mix and you have the human ingredients for a zombie- excuse me – apocalyptic thriller with a sting in its tale.

But the film really belongs to feature film newcomer Sennia Nanua (no fair telling you who her character really is ). She joins a select group of young female performers including Oscar-nominated Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the  Southern Wild), Dafne Keen (Logan) and Millie Bobby Brown (Netflix’s  Stranger Things) whose seemingly effortless and naturalistic performances place them in a class all their own.

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The gifted SENNIA NANUA
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Author: rixbitz

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