Maggie: Film Review

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Maggie had the potential to be a really affecting zombie drama but it comes up incredibly short. In a genre that has been overdone of late, it was always going to be a struggle to bring something new, and this doesn’t add anything we haven’t seen before nor does it leave a lasting impression.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Wade, who finds his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) in hospital after she gets bitten by an infected person. She now has the Necroambulist virus, which eats the flesh and eventually turns people into zombies (although I can’t say I heard that term ever used). Wade brings her back to his farm, where he lives with new wife Caroline (Joely Richardson) to spend her last few weeks before she turns completely and gets taken away into quarantine.

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What stood out most was Schwarzenegger’s performance. I have never seen him do a serious drama, so it is very strange to see him in such a different role. He’s pretty good as the quiet, brooding type. Breslin’s character switches between normal teen to someone panicking about the end of their life and she does solid work. The impressive make-up effects are a great help to understand how badly she is deteriorating.

The annoying thing was I expected more. This is simply a drama about the relationship between father and daughter with the zombie factor thrown in. It does have a couple of horror elements – gross blood and sores and the threat she might eat someone – but it is so slow and quiet that something seemingly quite exciting is made very dull. There is little dialogue and it doesn’t flow easily. I thought perhaps the slow-burning pace would build to an exciting climax, but no, the same pace is maintained throughout and the ending is a bit like ‘oh, is that it?!’

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Sadly, Maggie is neither satisfying or memorable because it sucks all the life out of a sad/potentially terrifying story. I felt nothing for any of these characters and only reacted to the horror elements, which I was expecting more of. I wanted Maggie to get proper nasty and grim, but it just plodded along at a snails pace before hitting us with an unsatisfactory end. What a shame.

In cinemas 24th July 

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