Saturday, December 19, 2015

Movie review: Maggie

The zombie apocalypse is upon us and infesting the Midwest town in which Maggie lives. When Maggie is infected however, her father refuses to give up on her insisting on caring for her at home.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Wade), Abigail Breslin (Maggie), Joely Richardson (Caroline), Douglas Griffin (Ray), J.D. Evermore (Holt), Rachel Groves (Bonnie), Jodie Moore (Dr. Kaplan), Bryce Romero (Trent).

Maggie begins well enough with some story setup and character introductions. Once Maggie is infected though, the film becomes more interesting with the main twist here being how long it takes for the infected to turn into full-blown zombies. With a six week incubation period, Wade decides to take care of Maggie at home and deal with the consequences but the reality is; neither of them is prepared for how she will change. The film finds a decent pace with sparks of higher energy through the somewhat anti-climactic ending.

Acting was decent with Arnold doing a reasonably good job. Breslin fit her role nicely and delivered good emotion throughout. Richardson fit the need but didn't add much else. Griffin, Evermore, and the remainder of the cast were entertaining.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds seemed to make good use of natural scenery and maintained a realistic feel. Action scenes were enjoyable with good gore and detail. Dialogue was okay but a bit dry and even vague at times. Sound and soundtrack were fitting.

Overall Maggie is a lukewarm zombie flick with an obvious dramatic focus. The most interesting part of the film is how long it takes the infected to turn into zombies and how society could potentially adjust as a result. Serious zombie fans should enjoy this one, as would drama genre fans.

With plenty of gore, violence, mild sexuality and foul language, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 12.19.15
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Zombies, Zombie Horror

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