The Girl with All the Gifts

Synopsis: In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating 'hungries'. Humankind's only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The children go to school at an army base in rural Britain, where they're subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). School teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua), thus forming a special bond. But when the base is invaded, the trio escape with the assistance of Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is.
Director(s): Colm McCarthy
Production: Saban Films
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
67
Rotten Tomatoes:
84%
R
Year:
2016
111 min
21 Views

1

(MELANIE TAKES DEEP BREATH)

MELANIE:
(WHISPERS) One, two, three, four,

five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

11, 12, 13, 14, 15,

16, 17, 18, 19, 20,

21, 22, 23, 24, 25,

26, 27, 28, 29, 30,

31, 32, 33, 34, 35,

36, 37, 38, 39, 40,

41, 42, 43...

(DOOR CLANKS OPEN)

(KLAXON HORN BLARES)

MAN:
Transit, let's go.

- Wakey-wakey, we're on the move!

- (BANGING ON DOORS)

Transit, let's go.

Rise and shine, you friggin' abortions.

Let's go.

- Transit!

- (BANGING ON DOORS)

Wakey-wakey.

Transit!

Come on, you friggin' abortions.

Good morning, Private Gallagher.

Good morning, Private Devani.

GALLAGHER:
Head secured.

DEVANI:
OK.

GALLAGHER:
Limbs secured.

"Cuffs and straps to be verified manually

and by line of sight."

Nice going, shithead.

Knows the drill better than you do.

(MAN SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY)

MAN:
Need some help here!

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Good morning, Sergeant Parks.

- Gallagher, keep your distance.

- Sarge.

(DOOR CLANGS SHUT)

(DOOR OPENS)

- Good morning, Miss.

- ALL:
Good morning, Dr Selkirk.

DR SELKIRK:
Quiet, please.

Is that everyone?

Let's make a start.

The periodic table.

Close your eyes and visualise it.

And open. Actinides. Anne.

Ac... Actinium.

- Thorium.

- DR SELKIRK:
With numbers.

- Who knows the numbers?

- 89, 90.

DR SELKIRK:
Yes. Next, Peter.

PETER:
Uranium. 92.

Protactinium, then uranium. Kenny?

- Cobalt?

- DR SELKIRK:
Actinides.

We're on row seven.

(WHISPERS) Neptunium.

- Neptunium.

- DR SELKIRK:
Number?

Half a mark. Switch to period four. Anyone?

19, potassium.

20, calcium. 21, scandium...

Earth metals? Downwards from row two.

- Joe.

- (DOOR OPENS)

(DOOR CLANGS SHUT)

Morning, class.

ALL:
Good morning, Miss Justineau.

- I hope you're well, Miss Justineau.

- I am very well. Thank you, Melanie.

Erm, I'm done with the regression analysis.

Thanks for filling in.

Ah, the periodic table.

We haven't really covered this yet.

Just data pairs. Names and numbers.

Content is not really relevant, is it?

Enjoy!

OK, I've got chemical elements here.

- Oh. Lots and lots.

- Can we have a story?

Oh, yeah, that's a great idea.

Then someone goes and tells Dr Caldwell

and I'm in the sweat box for a week.

We won't tell. We promise.

We did stories last time.

Greek myths? Then it counts as history.

All right. We'll do one as a warm-up.

Now, where were we?

Prometheus and Epimetheus.

The war with the gods.

- Got it. Thank you, Melanie.

- You're very welcome, Miss Justineau.

"The gods do not forget.

"And by and by,

"Zeus wanted to punish

Epimetheus for his misdeeds,

"so he fashioned a woman of clay

and gave her the name Pandora.

"'She who brings gifts.'

"Pandora opened up the box

whereupon every plague and tribulation,

"every misfortune and evil thing

in the world came pouring out,

"and they have afflicted

mankind ever since,

"all because of Pandora's curiosity..."

Good night, Private Dillon.

Good night, Private Devani.

- Yeah. Sweet dreams, Cujo.

- Don't bloody talk to it.

(DOOR CLANGS SHUT)

"But then, Pandora peered into the box

and found one more thing in the bottom.

"It was hope.

"And she lifted it in her

hands and set it free.

"Hope...

"... is the good thing that makes you

be able to stand all the bad things."

But there isn't anything bad here.

Is there?

Good night, black-and-white kitten.

(LIGHT SWITCH CLUNKS)

No.

I guess we do OK.

MELANIE:
(WHISPERS)

Good night, Miss Justineau.

(LIGHT SWITCHES CLUNK)

(KLAXON HORN BLARES)

MELANIE:
(WHISPERING) 22, 23, 24, 25,

26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31,

32, 33, 34, 35,

36, 37, 38, 39, 40...

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