The zombie apocalypse heyday has seemingly come and gone, leaving us with a few truly inspired gems like 28 Days Later, Zombieland, and Shaun of the Dead. But, much like zombies themselves, the genre just doesn’t die, leaving plenty of opportunity for filmmakers to test out their own reimaginings of a familiar trope. This, as it turns out, is a good thing, as in the wake of zombie movie madness comes The Girl With All the Gifts.
The girl looks harmless. She has kind eyes and a sweet smile. She speaks politely to the armed guards who come to retrieve her from her prison cell. She’s the start student in her class. But there must be a reason she’s always shackled or a wheelchair, and the prison guards keep assault rifles trained on her at all times.