Movie Review: Maggie
Directed by Henry Hobson, Maggie is not what you would expect from either a zombie flick or an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. The movie does not rely on the typical scares and thrills associated with the current wave of zombie films. Nor does it have any aspects of any Schwarzenegger film ever. Instead, Maggie moves at a slow pace and relies heavily on dialogue and emotions to tell its story.
In the movie, a virus has caused a worldwide epidemic and those infected with this virus transform into zombies. Maggie, played by Abigail Breslin, becomes infected after running away from home and is transported to a hospital for the infected. Her father Wade (Schwarzenegger) goes to the hospital and is able to take her home. But many feel that she needs to be in the hospital and now Wade has to protect her from them and try to comfort Maggie as her condition worsens.
The movie also follows the rest of Maggie’s family and her friends as they live with the fact of what will become of her. And as the time nears when Maggie has to be dealt with, Wade must choose how to handle the situation. Will he be able to kill her before she infects him and his family? And if so, how will he do it?
Maggie is a great film, beautifully written by John Scott 3. Arnold Schwarzenegger is great in a role that shows another side to the actor that many have never seen. Breslin also did an amazing job in her role as Maggie, a girl scared of what is to come and just wants to live a normal teenage life. With the story and cast, Maggie is definitely a movie to see.
I know that it may not appeal to the masses who are looking for hordes of flesh-eating zombies or Arnold playing his usual action-hero role. But there is definitely an audience out there for this movie. It shows another way to look at the zombie genre. And it also shows that Arnold can be more than the Terminator or Danny DeVito’s twin.
Daryl Karpinski Jr.