Thursday, October 04, 2018

31 Days of Halloween - Day 4 - Movie

I'd been looking forward to watching Maggie (2015) since I first saw the trailer. I was intrigued with the premise of Arnold Schwarzenegger playing an everyman father caring for his daughter (Abigail Breslin) who has been infected with a slow working zombie virus, and only has a few short weeks before she stops being the human daughter he loves and becomes the monster he must either turn in to a quarantine location to be destroyed, or he must destroy himself.

The intimacy of the scope of this film set against the backdrop of the now overly familiar zombie apocalypse scenario was one of the things that appealed to me, but not a whole lot happens in this film. It could be about any family coping with a member with a fatal illness, only with putrid make-up. The performances are all right on the money, and it was nice seeing Schwarzenegger in a quiet role, where he's conveying most of his inner turmoil through behavior more than words. The movie slowly leads towards one action which the filmmakers chose not to include, thus undermining the strength of everything that came before. There are enough moments in it to make it worth a look, but don't expect too much from it.


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