Writer: John Scott 3 (Screenplay)
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Laura Cayouette, Amy Brassette, Denise Williamson, J.D. Evermore, Raeden Greer, Aiden Flowers, Taylor Murphy
Plot: A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Emotional Zombie Film
Story: Maggie starts when Maggie (Breslin) leaves a message for her father Wade (Schwarzenegger) warning him that she has gone to the city and not to come for her. The world has been infected with a zombie like disease being known as ‘The Turn’. Wade goes to his daughter who has been bitten but hasn’t turned yet, the turn takes time giving the two a chance to say their goodbyes as Wade takes her to the quarantine zone.
The two travel through abandoned cities with the devastating effects of the zombie outbreak before arriving home to Wade’s wife Caroline (Richardson) and other two children Molly (Flowers) and Bobby (Flowers). Wade takes his youngest children away to their Aunt Linda’s (Cayouette) for safety reasons. Wade knows the risk he has taken to bring her home but we see how he just couldn’t give up on his daughter.
We continue to see the bleak world now being lived in as two neighbours of Wade’s who have turned turn up on his property where he has to deal with the same way he knows he will have to deal with his daughter change. Wade ends up in the position of having to pick three options all resulting in her death 1, take Maggie to quarantine 2, give Maggie the cocktail that is given in quarantine so she can die with her family 3, make it quick.
Maggie is a film that really surprised me, you see the name Schwarzenegger and you would be thinking action you also add in the fact it is a zombie film you would expect to see all out action. The story ends up being a very bleak look into a zombie outbreak, instead of focusing on the early outbreak we see how the world has coped with slow turning. In an era of zombie films coming out every week we see each film try to think of a unique zombie kill over an actual story. Maggie ends up giving us a tough story of how hard life will be when you know you will lose someone set in the world where a zombie has infected that said loved one. I will say the film does come off very slow and the trailer is slightly misleading but I do think it ends up being a pleasant surprise. (8/10)
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Wade is the loving father of Maggie who has travelled for two weeks to find Maggie. Wade wants to spend Maggie’s final weeks before she turns into a zombie with her before having to face the toughest decision of his life. it would be fair to say that this is Arnold’s best acting role because he doesn’t have to do any action material or silly one liners, a performance I didn’t think he was capable off. (8/10)
Abigail Breslin: Maggie is the teenage daughter of Wade’s who has been bitten by a zombie, she has only a couple of weeks to live before she finally turns, she gets to spend those final weeks with her family while slowly starting to get worse. Abigail continues he transformation from child star to young actress showing she still has the talent we saw first time we saw her. (8/10)
Support Cast: Maggie has a supporting cast that is trying to help ease the pain, we see friends try to make Maggie enjoy one last time together, we see the family struggling with the idea of losing her, and we see the law side trying to make sure the infection doesn’t spread around the community. Each member of the cast shows how much the loss will be to them making the impact of each scene they turn up on Maggie.
Director Review: Henry Hobson – Henry gives us one of the best but most of all original ideas of a zombie film. (9/10)
Drama: Maggie has to be the best drama that involves zombies of all time. (9/10)
Horror: Maggie uses the idea of zombies but it would be hard to say this is a true horror film. (5/10)
Thriller: Maggie is a film that we know what will happen but we want to see how everything will unfold. (9/10)
Settings: Maggie uses bleak settings for nearly every scene making us know how dark the situation the characters are facing is going to be. (10/10)
Special Effects: Maggie isn’t a film that relies on its special effects but we do get to see the slow transformation in Maggie come through very well. (9/10)
Suggestion: Maggie is one that has to be watch by horror fans to show them all we don’t need silly gore to make a zombie film interesting. It could also be enjoyed by everyone because you don’t need to be put off by the zombie idea. (Watch)
Best Part: Emotional effects of a zombie outbreak.
Worst Part: It does feel slow at times.
Believability: The idea of losing someone within an amount of time is a real experience people go through but the zombie side isn’t. (5/10)
Chances of Tears: I think this could get a few tears. (3/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: Very unlikely.
Budget: $4 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Trivia: Director Henry Hobson was also the director and designer for the title sequence of The Last of Us (2013), a survival horror video game.
Overall: Maggie is the best emotionally driven zombie film I have seen that has a constant sad feeling about every single scene.