The Girl With All the Gifts is more than a "zombie" movie...in fact, some zombie fans might argue, like they did with "28 Days Later" (2002) and "Dawn of the Dead" (2004), that these zombies are in fact, NOT zombies, because they run fast. Well, I don't care, personally. If they are the undead and they eat human flesh, they're zombies. Anyway, this story takes place after a fungus-like plague has turned most of humanity in "Hungries" (what everyone calls them) or zombies. In Britain, the Army has managed to lay hold of a group of children who are a hybrid of normal humans and Hungries. The children are kept under restraint and taught in a class by Helen (Gemma Arterton), an Army teacher, who treats the children with respect and compassion, especially Melanie (Sennia Nanua), who is seemingly the most intelligent and evolved of all the children.
But Sgt. Parks (Paddy Considine) is not happy with the situation with the children. Especially when he's got thousands of adult Hungries gathered outside the Army base fence, trying to force their way in. Also, there's Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close) who has been taking some of the children away to cut up to try to find a vaccine for the remaining humans on Earth. When she turns her attention to Melanie, Helen is not pleased at all and tries to stop her. But it's at this time when the Hungries overrun the base and a small group including those listed above are forced to flee. They head for London and hopeful human contact but have to wend their way through thousand upon thousands of Hungries. Melanie proves invaluable in helping them as she's not in danger from the Hungries, but there is a danger of her slipping into a zombie state. The team have to use a human odor-blocking salve to keep Melanie in a calm state. This is a wonderful movie if you can use that term to describe a zombie movie. It has a lot of heart and soul, but there is plenty of zombie action for fans. But this is a unique horror/drama with a very touching ending. Much recommended, especially for fans of the genre.