The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

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X was the real YIt turns out that fungi are the new viruses are the new radiation.

It's 2017 and zombies are overplayed, why watch this?

This wasn't a straight-forward zombie movie. The idea of hybrid second-generation zombies was pretty interesting (I know other movies have done zombies-but-they're-getting-smarter, but also, the "Dead" series definitely got worse as they added that).

I think the movie mostly largely nailed the premise, and used it to some interesting effect. I also think the acting and interpersonal drama was good.

I'm not sure the movie completely nailed its justification for the ending. I get the stance Melanie takes, and I guess I buy that she feels she needs to take it immediately, but I'm not sure I buy that the movie needed to have entire-world stakes in it (I guess you could read that it isn't actually entire-world stakes, or that, alternately, the ending was incredibly inevitable because that same action could have occurred in any major city). I also kind of have mixed feelings about this more recent need to give exact explanations about where zombies come from, but I guess maybe it's more justifyable here because it makes the symbiosis plot point easier.

Finally, my fervent plea is that zombie movies just call zombies 'zombies'. I was fine with this in Rabid because they didn't give the zombies special names and rabies seemed like a reasonable guess that early in on that outbreak. The idea that they'd still be using a bullshit neologism like 'hungries' that far into an infection is obnoxious.