Starring: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Shay Gutteridge, Sennia Nanua
Post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror thriller directed by Colm McCarthy written by M.R. Carey adapted from his own novel. The story is set in 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. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). 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 (Sennia Nanua). stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favorite teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton).
When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) 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.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
[Melanie spots Caldwell walking past her cell]
Melanie: Hey, Dr. Caldwell.
Dr. Caroline Caldwell: Hello, Melanie.
[we see all the children are buckled into a wheelchair]
Helen Justineau: Morning class.
Children: Good morning, Miss Justineau.
[Helen looks over to Melanie and smiles]
Melanie: [voice over] Once upon a time there was a woman, the most beautiful and amazing woman in all the world. One day she was attacked by a monster, but then a girl came running up and killed it. But the woman said, “You are my special girl and I’ll never let you go.”
[Parks notices Helen touching Melanie lightly on her head]
Sgt. Eddie Parks: No! You just touched her. Watch.
[he spits on his arm rubs the spit into his skin and goes over to one of the boys in a wheelchair]
Helen Justineau: No, please, don’t do that. They’re only children.
[the boy suddenly goes to attack Parks]
Helen Justineau: Stop it!
[after we see Melanie kill one of the soldiers trying to attack Helen]
Helen Justineau: She saved me and you’re still afraid of her?
Sgt. Eddie Parks: Yeah, and you should be too.
[referring to Melanie]
Dr. Caroline Caldwell: I am producing a vaccine and she is the main ingredient.
Melanie: What am I?
Helen Justineau: Hope.
Dr. Caroline Caldwell: That’s what you are.
Melanie: I just want to live.
Helen Justineau: Everyone wants that.
[to Helen; referring to Melanie]
Sgt. Eddie Parks: She loves you.
Sgt. Eddie Parks: What the hell is this?
Dr. Caroline Caldwell: The world is falling apart.
[referring to the zombies]
Helen Justineau: So we’re just going to wade in again then?
Sgt. Eddie Parks: Not if I can help it.
Sgt. Eddie Parks: Do you want to get some more exercise? You can run ahead and find us a clear route.
[Melanie holds up her cuffed hands, Parks unlocks the cuffs]
Dr. Caroline Caldwell: You can save people, Melanie. You can save everybody.
Sgt. Eddie Parks: What did you do?
The Girl with All the Gifts is set for release in the UK September 23rd.