MAGGIE (2015) Review, One of Schwarzenegger's Best

I just got done watching the dreary, post-apocalyptic zombie film called Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin & Joely Richardson. It's directed by Henry Hobson.

"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."


I'm going to be up front about this... this is like a film about the day in the life of some boring people living in a boring setting, except for the fact that their lives are threatened by a subtle, controllable zombie disease.

It can be boring or it can be an amazing character study.

The film focuses on a society that has an interesting problem, that of a zombie outbreak, but it didn't take the world over, but rather, it was somewhat dealt with. Society calls it Necroambulism and the world has figured out how to deal with it.

In this realm, there's an entire process involved when a person gets bitten, where they have x amount of time before they should be submitted to quarantined for "processing."

When Maggie (Breslin) gets bitten, she runs away from home to protect her family, but her father (Schwarzenegger) finds her and brings her back home to care for her during her final weeks while she ever so slowly turns.

From that point on, the story watches a father, his wife and neighbors experience the slow evolution of Maggie's condition, right up until the end.


This film is so far outside of Schwarzenegger's wheel house of films. There was no big bad guy to beat up or break. It was a pure pleasure to see that Arnie can actually act. His portrayal of a distraught father was a sheer pleasure to watch, and there was not one once of violence out of his character.

Everyone in this film was somber and engaging to watch.

Breslin kept you wondering throughout but my real distraction or focus was Arnie and the people he has to deal with.

It is a slow slow slow film, but it was still engaging enough to keep watching until the end.

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