Thursday, May 21, 2015

Maggie (2015): Review

Photo: Official site
Maggie (2015), is a limited release horror film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a father that has taken to caring for his daughter after being infected by a zombie virus. The film begins just after things get under control after the outbreak happens, and scientists are attempting to find a cure. In a time when the market is flooded with the zombie genre because of The Walking Dead television series, this film takes a different approach at a soon to be played out genre.

Photo: Official site.

Schwarzenegger has really been flexing his acting muscles over his action muscles in the last few films he has done. When he came back to acting with The Last Stand he used the film to welcome himself back to movie going audiences while letting them know, he is aware he may be too old for action. Not that old, because he did Sabotage where he played a commander of an elite group of agents with a troubling secret he had to keep. It was still action, but he had to display emotions of betrayal and distraught to convince the audience of his characters emotions.

In this film he plays a father, trying to be with his daughter and help her after she has been infected from an outbreak that is turning people into zombies. Again, things seem to be in the recovery period of the outbreak where society has to deal with the aftermath and left over people who are turning. The resolution, since there still is no cure, is to quarantine them until they have to be exterminated.

Schwarzenegger's character, Wade, has to make the decision while spending what could be his last days with his daughter on whether or not to surrender her to the authorities. Or, does he exterminate her himself while waiting to see if a vaccine develops is an option to save her.

The film is short, but worth a watch if you happen to get a chance to watch it. Abigail Breslin plays the title character. You may remember her as the young girl in the horror/comedy Zombieland. Looks like she has her preferred genre of film. The film is rated PG-13 for the few scares and scenes of infection.

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