First time film Director Henry Hobson offers up a film very different than one might expect from a guy who came out of the video game industry. Maggie is not a flashy film. It is a quiet tale of a family dealing with the fact that their daughter is becoming a zombie.
Set in a world where becoming a zombie is just an expected possibility in life, Maggie is focused on a young woman (Abigail Breslin) who is suffering from the early stages of, uh, “zombie-ism”. Her father Wade (Arnold Schwarzeneggar) and mother Caroline (Joely Richardson) are struggling to come to terms with what this means. Do they send their daughter off to Quarantine? Do they break the law and keep her until she is to far gone?
Wade struggles especially hard with the idea of what the future holds. He is continuously trying to keep Maggie connected to the living world, whenever she starts to be consumed by aggression and hunger.
You probably see Schwarzeneggar’s name and assume there must be at least one ridiculous fight scene…but Arnold really does well in this role of heartbroken father at a loss for how to help his daughter. He barely raises his voice. He is not an action hero barreling through this film. He is not a super hero. He is a good hearted and gentle guy. The connection between father and daughter is evident throughout the film…both of them knowing the path they are going down.
As I said, this is a quiet film, and moves at a fairly mellow pace. This is not a zombie apocalypse about the world falling apart. It would not be right to call it a horror movie. This is a father and daughter drama set within a zombie movie. Change Maggie’s situation to cancer and you have a heartbreaking family drama.
There are moments where the film seems to wander, but the overall film was effective as a slow burn drama. It will, not be for everyone, but if you have enjoyed a film like, say, Moon? This may be right up your alley.