Looking for a movie to watch this Saturday afternoon, I was checking EPIX On Demand (via COX), happened to find a 2015 movie I’d not heard of before. ‘MAGGIE” is the same kind of top quality drama as “The Walking Dead” – my number one favorite TV series of all time. Staring Arnold Schwarzenegger – a major departure from action films to do a serious drama. Not easy for a “zombie” movie, but “The Walking Dead” showed how it can be done – style of filming, story telling, and good convincing acting.
Maggie is a 2015 post-apocalyptic horror drama film directed by Henry Hobson, in his directorial debut, written by John Scott 3, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. Maggie is a dramatic departure for Schwarzenegger, who is better known for his action film roles. The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, but Lionsgate bought the American distribution rights and pulled the film out of the festival’s roster. It instead premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2015, as part of their lineup, followed by a limited theatrical release and simultaneous VOD release on May 8, 2015.
In the present-day Midwestern United States, society struggles to function in the aftermath of a zombie pandemic barely under control (Necroambulism). Maggie Vogel (Abigail Breslin) calls her father from a broken city under curfew; her voicemail urges that he not seek her and that she loves him. Her arm was bitten. Knowing she has only weeks before the “Necroambulist virus” turns her cannibalistic, she left home to protect her family. Maggie’s father Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has searched two weeks, despite her warning. Finding her in a hospital for the infected, he brings Maggie home to care for her until she must eventually be quarantined.
On a scale of 1 to 5 – with 5 being excellent, I rate it a 4 as being above average. It is kind of slow-paced, and needed some more action to be a 5, as well as perhaps more edgy music. It does remind me of scenes from past episodes during credits at the start of “The Walking Dead” episodes. It does realistically focus on the suffering caused by the virus, and its impact on humanity.
Reported by Jim Lantern
Saturday – 15 April 2017
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