The zombies in this smart, gutsy, genre-shifting little gem, like those in 28 Days Later, are fleet rather than lumbering, and by the way are winning. In a secure military facility, Gemma Arterton teaches a class of highly feared, genetically engineered kids who seem to be immune to infection. (Their method of birth comprises a classic chiller line: “They ate their way out, organ by organ.” Gotta love it.) Story has Gemma and one such monster (Sennia Nanua, a real find) on the lam together. Unfortunately, it’s about 90 seconds too long, with an inane coda negating most of the preceding excellence. Japanese title: Dystopia pandora no shoujo (111 min)
About Don Morton
Don Morton has viewed some 6,000 movies, frequently awake. A bachelor and avid cyclist, he currently divides his time between Tokyo and a high-tech 4WD super-camper somewhere in North America.