37. 'The Girl With All the Gifts' (2016)
In a dystopian future overrun by the walking dead (because of course!), pre-teen Melanie may be humanity's last hope. She's also a second-generation
zombie – an offspring of the "hungries" who are being experimented on
by a group of teachers, scientists and soldiers, including Glenn Close
and Gemma Arterton. The hope is that their behavior (or just their brain
stems) holds the key to an antidote. Scottish director Colm McCarthy's adaptation of M.R.
Carey's book reverses the classical subgenre's narrative that portrays the undead as a state of devolution, returning man to the
base desires of hunger and destruction. Gifts asks: What if zombies are simply the next phase of mankind? And how can we all coexist without having our brains eaten? BT