THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

# 14 THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS











#14 is 2016's The Girl With All the Gifts, one of the most original zombie films I've ever seen. This one is set in the UK at an Army base which is still protected from the hordes of undead beyond the gates. There is a unique group of children here that seem to look and talk like normal kids except that they are locked up after their classes, are strapped down into rolling metal chairs pushed around by soldiers and wear orange prison jumpsuits. Scientist Glenn Close thinks this small group of hybrids who crave human flesh but can still think and feel might be mankind's only hope as she tries to create an antidote. The unaffected humans wear a masking agent that hides the smell of human flesh from the children. One exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua) becomes particularly attached to teacher Gemma Arterton. Suddenly the base defenses break down and this trio plus an Army sergeant (Paddy Considine) and a few soldiers go on the run through a decimated London. The Girl With All the Gifts is a unique entry to the zombie canon, with a flawless performance by Nanua as the little girl/zombie who might be the key to survival. This film has a gutsy twist at the end that cements its status with me. Chalk this one up as another British zombie film (Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later) that doesn't settle for the same old thing. Recommended

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