If you’re looking forward to see gorgeous redhead Eddie Redmayne and his Fantastic Beasts tomorrow, you might also want to consider seeing the post-apocalyptic film, “The Girl with All the Gifts.” It’s based on M.R. Carey’s bestselling young adult novel that centers on a gifted zombie girl named Melanie. This horror drama stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nenua and Paddy Considine.
Gemma Arterton, known for her roles in “Clash of the Titans” and “Prince of Persia” stars as the optimistic teacher in a post-apocalyptic time in “She Who Brings Gifts” shares that the humanity of the story is what got her involved in the film, “I didn’t know it was a zombie film. I think I was just sent the script and a brief outline of what creative work had been done [so far], and that was it. So I just started reading it, and then the word ‘hungry’ came up, and I thought this is like a monster type thing. I guess they’re not like regular zombies. I could feel that it was a genre movie obviously, but it felt much more routed in reality. The scenes were very, very well written – there were heavy dialogue scenes, and not just loads of exposition and action. It felt like a proper, human story, and that’s what got me.”
The film’s director, Mike Carey enthuses on the merits of his latest film despite the previous zombie films in the past, “I think because of Melanie. I think the crucial difference is that this is a monster movie where the protagonist is the monster and we’re seeing things very much from the monster’s point of view. But she’s both a monster and an innocent, a little bit like in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where the creature only becomes monstrous because he’s treated so badly by his creator. So it’s a film that tries to put you in the uncomfortable position of sympathising with the monster, the thing that is threatening humanity. There’s a sense that by the end of the movie there’s another candidate for that role, for the role of monster, apart from Melanie.”
Interested? Check out the trailer below: