Horror Review: Maggie (2015)

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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.

Director: Henry Hobson
Writer: John Scott 3
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Release Date: 8 May 2015 (USA)
Runtime: 95 min

With his second foray into the horror genre with his first being 1999’s End of Days, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back with his latest film, Maggie, directed by Henry Hobson and penned by John Scott 3. Maggie is Hobson’s first feature length directorial effort and is John Scott 3’s first writing credit. Of course, the draw here is the enigmatic Schwarzenegger who draws both praise and scrutiny eith each role.

Now that Schwarzenegger is back to acting, he seems to be making up for lost time since his political career has come to a close. He seems to be everywhere these days, but I would not have expected him to act in another horror film.

I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by Maggie in its entirety. You never know what to expect from an aging Schwarzenegger who can no longer effectively play an action hero. His drama roles were not exactly stellar. You have a young and inexperienced crew and the zombie genre is beyond overplayed at this point. Basically, when The Walking Dead becomes a household name, you know that true horror fans are tiring of this sub-genre of horror.

Schwarzenegger in the lead role was an excellent decision on so many levels. Not only is he a draw wherever he goes, he ends up playing one of his best acting roles to date as a caring father on the verge of losing his pride and joy, his daughter, to the zombie virus taking over the world.

In addition to Schwarzenegger, you also have Abigail Breslin, who recently was in 2009’s Zombieland, which ended up being a refreshing look at the zombie genre. She seems to have struck gold again with Maggie as it becomes yet another refreshing look into a tired genre. I will admit that I would have been extremely intrigued to see Chloë Grace Moretz in that role as was originally planned, but Breslin does so well.

The most interest part of Maggie outside of the great acting is the simple story. We have watched so many zombie movies about what happens after the transformation, but we have not had too many films that deal with the initial stages of the virus and how one gets to the point of being undead. Maggie explores this waiting period of weeks, which varies from infected person to infected person. Those who have been infected will eventually be sent to quarantine for everyone’s safety. Maggie deals with this time period for Maggie as she and her father deal with something that they have no idea how to deal with. During this period, you see an entirely different movie that expected, one with more touching moments than horrific moments.

Make no mistake about it. Maggie may be billed as a horror movie and may deal with zombies, but this is a slow burning drama film that deals with the horrors of society during a zombie outbreak. Being more of a drama than a horror assumes that the acting is on a different level and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin do fine jobs with their roles, but are the only standouts.

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