Movie Review: The Girl With All The Gifts (NC16)
Zombies have got a new name.
They are called Hungries in this low-budget Brit thriller that seeks to reinvent the walking dead genre by injecting it with intelligence.
Set in a post-apocalyptic future where humans have become flesh-eating creatures due to disease, a group of survivors are on the verge of developing a vaccine that may stop the plague.
The catch? Dr Caldwell (Glenn Close) must dissect and examine precocious little Melanie (Sennia Nanua), a Hungry who seems to have the ability to control her Hannibal Lector-esque urges.
Standing in Dr Caldwell's way is Melanie's teacher Helen (Gemma Arterton), who sees Melanie as just a child and not a monster.
There's some suspense and cleverness, but some parts feel rehashed.
This thriller works because of its strong cast, particularly newcomer Nanua.