Release: 23rd November 2015
Format: BR / DVD / DGTL
After his daughter (Abigail Breslin) is infected with a virus that transforms her into a zombie, a small-town farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) will stop at nothing to save her.
On paper, Maggie sounds like classic Arnie; man singlehandedly takes on zombies. The reality is rather different; father comes to terms with his daughter slowly dying.
Domestic dramas are always touch and go, very rarely are they raised beyond pure schlock. Maggie walks a finer line, because it dumps zombie body horror in to that mould. Surprisingly, one might argue that the drama in Maggie is too underplayed. Truth be told, not enough happens during the film to truly impact beyond one particularly hard-hitting scene involving Arnie and some actual zombies.
As far as acting goes, Maggie sees a reasonable effort for Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin, but both act far too melancholy and fail to offer any contrast to each other’s experience. Even in their most ‘touching’ moments, both leads look asleep.
Maggie is an interesting idea, but not a totally unique one. This wouldn’t be an issue if it wasn’t such a vanilla viewing experience. One or two moments will strike up conversation at a later date, but these come independently of the main cast; proving that Maggie is a film about concepts and not execution.
Film Grade: D+
Maggie comes with a couple of special features. There is a Deleted Scene that gives Joely Richardson’s character a few extras lines of dialogue, and adds to the domestic bliss of the film. The Making Of is more a series of crew and cast members describing the plot and the character’s relationships with each other; something we can do by, you guessed it, watching the movie.
There are two Interviews that carry the most merit. One with Arnie is filled with little insights into the Austrian Oak and his relationship with the movie, while director Henry Hobson says a few fleeting comments; saving the majority for his Director’s Commentary. Although even here, he has very little to say…quite literally.
Special Features Grade: C-
Watching Maggie is a very luke warm experience. It carries little emotional turmoil, and even less to remember. Hardly the worst film in Arnie’s filmography, but definitely one of the most boring. The special features follow suit.