Title – Maggie (2015)
Director – Henry Hobson (feature debut)
Cast – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Plot – In the midst of a zombie like infection that is sweeping the USA, Wade Vogel (Schwarzenegger) will stop at nothing to protect his infected daughter Maggie (Breslin) from being taken from him.
“There is life with you, not with me”
Review by Eddie on 27/07/2015
A zombie centred film that moves slower than that famous torso zombie last seen at the end of Walking Dead season 1, crawling its way through the local park only to be put out of its misery by Rick “cowboy hat” Grimes, Maggie sees the political Governator and one time action stalwart Mr. Schwarzenegger try his hand in a dramatic tale that never bothers to more than shuffle to its oft signposted climax.
Maggie is an intriguing set up and the Governator actually equites himself well in the roll of unlucky father Wade Vogel, showing an almost unrecognisable inward solace and lack of macho behaviour that marks this turn as easily his best since retiring from the California governor’s position. The problem with Maggie however is in its execution and with first time director Henry Hobson at the helm, a weakish script from John Scott 3 and another so-so turn from once child critical darling Abigail Breslin, Maggie dooms itself with some self-inflicted problems that just can’t be overcome.
Hobson’s direction is often so aimless that the audience will struggle to maintain focus and while there’s a neat visual aesthetic to the whole production, Maggie fails to make much of its confines set largely around the rural property where Maggie has retired to whilst dealing with her zombification and you can’t help but feel Scott 3’s story would’ve worked much better in a short story format not a 90 minute feature length trudge. For Maggie to have succeeded we needed more emotionally engagement and in fact more Arnie, who for long stretches of film time finds himself either chopping wood or just not on screen at all and in a film crying out for more “events” to happen, more grizzled Governator could’ve been this films saving grace.
A very neat idea not realised in the slightest, Maggie is a curious watch for all long serving fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger but for a zombie film that is crying out for more of a pulse, even he can’t save this newest addition to the zombie film canon from being dead on arrival. If only Rick Grimes could’ve waltzed along and put Maggie out of her misery, he could’ve saved us all from this slow boring crawl.
1 SOS to Rick Grimes out of 5