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Maggie

Maggie (2015) Movie Poster
  •  USA / Switzerland  •    •  95m  •    •  Directed by: Henry Hobson.  •  Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Douglas M. Griffin, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Whitman Groves, Jodie Moore, Bryce Romero, Raeden Greer, Aiden Flowers, Carsen Flowers, Walter Von Huene, Dana Gourrier.  •  Music by: David Wingo.
        After a couple of weeks seeking out his teenage daughter Maggie, Wade finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Maggie has been infected by a lethal outbreak that transforms the victim into a zombie. Wade's friend Dr. Vern Kaplan releases Maggie to spend her last days with Wade and her family. Her stepmother Caroline asks Wade to take their little kids to her sister's house to keep them safe. While Maggie is slowly transformed, Wade stays with her protecting Maggie. But Dr. Vern warns him that the moment that he will have to take an ultimate decision is closer.

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During an outbreak of a disease in America's Midwest, a father Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger)takes care of his daughter Maggie Vogel (Abigail Breslin) after she has been bitten by one of the infected. The disease slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies and Wade stays by his daughter's side until the inevitable happens...

As a rule of thumb, zombie films generally fall along the same sort of narrative lines; you will usually get the living trying to survive against the dead OR the living trying to find a cure for the outbreak (invariably both of these elements are sometimes melded together). However, Maggie is a different beast and is very much less clichéd in its narrative approach to a zombie apocalypse - it has more of a human drama feel to it rather than a race-against-time or a battle against zombies type feel to it. In some ways, this is good as the different angle to a familiar story does at least set it apart from the crowd, but that's really where the praise ends with this film...

For a start, the whole story is quite far-fetched and rather hard to believe; we're expected to believe that the authorities would allow the infected to spend their final days with their families putting other non-infected neighbours or families at risk?? Why would this be allowed? Although the infected are effectively supposed to be under house arrest and heavy restrictions are supposedly put on where they can go and what they can do there is never any evidence that this is actually being policed properly?? It's a touching way to set the story up, but it's rather ludicrous and is something that I couldn't buy for one second...

Even if you can suspend disbelief for the story then I'll think you'll have a much harder time forgiving the unbelievable tedium that is served up in this film. When I say that nothing happens throughout its 90 odd minute running time I'm not exaggerating - the film slowly shows Maggie getting more and more ill and there is one incident where she nearly gets attacked by the infected and one other occasion when she hangs out with other infected people, but other than these moments there's nothing memorable about this film. Some of the problems lie with the far-fetched script, but director Henry Hobson is also partly to blame for his rather lacklustre and lethargic direction (he seems to use mood music to manipulate the audience into feeling sad rather than achieving this by developing the characters and the story enough to make us give a damn). The only real hook with this film is waiting around to see if Maggie turns, but the film doesn't deliver in this respect either; given the way the story has been set up I didn't expect Maggie to turn on her family (and nor would I have wanted her to as it would have certainly cheapened the film), but still I wish that the film would have had more depth and perhaps explored Maggie's own struggles and her family's struggles trying to deal with her life-changing transformation.

Despite the narrative offering a different outlook on coping with a zombie apocalypse, the filmmakers constantly shoot themselves in the foot by giving me a dull story with dull characters where virtually nothing happens and the cherry on the cake here is that there is no dramatic pay-off meaning that the film really is a waste of 90 minutes. It's only a relatively good performance from Abigail Breslin which is preventing the film from getting the minimum score.


Review by jimbo-53-186511 from the Internet Movie Database.