Paddy Considine

British horror film 'The Girl With All the Gifts' is unlikely to leave you hungry for more

British horror film 'The Girl With All the Gifts' is unlikely to leave you hungry for more

Sweet-faced, 10-year-old Melanie, counting on her fingers in an underground cell and served bowls of live worms through the door slot, hardly seems the type to warrant imprisonment, much less being strapped into a wheelchair when soldiers enter with automatic weapons trained at her face. She’s polite to them, however (“Sergeant Parks”), and in her subterranean classroom under the tutelage of caring Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton) and alongside other similarly restrained kids, she’s a model student despite inexplicably grim conditions.

Melanie, played by appealing newcomer Sennia Nanua, is ostensibly the titular figure in the British dystopian horror yarn “The Girl With All the...

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