Friday, July 3, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Maggie


Director: Henry Hobson
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Studio: LionsGate Home Entertainment
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Retail: $12.99
Running Time: 95 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon

Arriving on Blu-ray this coming Tuesday, July 7, 2015 is the post-apocalyptic drama film Maggie. Directed by Henry Hobson, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator Genysis), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland) and Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck). Special Features include: Director's Commentary, "Making Maggie" Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Cast/Crew Interviews and a Trailer Gallery.

In a role that is a complete opposite of his action-flicks, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Wade, a father who retrieves his daughter Maggie (played by Abigail Breslin) from a hospital in the city. Maggie has been infected with the Necroambulist virus that slowly turns people into flesh-eating zombies. Against the doctor's orders, Wade takes Maggie back home to their farmhouse. Fearing they'll be infected too, he sends Maggie's step-siblings, Bobby and Molly (played by Aidan and Carsen Flowers) to live with their aunt while Maggie spends her last days at home with him and her stepmother Caroline (played by Joely Richardson).

Abigail Breslin ("Maggie") and Arnold Schwarzenegger ("Wade") star in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's MAGGIE.

While Maggie tries to live a normal life by reconnecting with her friends, the virus is slowly getting stronger and she knows eventually it'll take over her. Wade loves his daughter, but he doesn't want her to suffer. He has two choices - let her take the government cocktail, which is a painful death or take matters into his own hands and help end her suffering.

If you've never heard of Maggie before, then you're not alone. It didn't get a regular run at the theaters, but instead it was sent to the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, a very limited theater release and later to VOD. Besides from a few articles on the internet, the film didn't very much media coverage. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin were praised for their performances.

When see Arnold Schwarzenegger headlining a zombie film, you would presume he would be chopping off the heads of countless zombies with an ax, but that's not what we get here. Maggie is a slow-moving drama about a young woman infected with a zombie-virus and her father who wants to keep her alive as long as possible. Just like the film's title suggests, Maggie is the main character here; giving Schwarzenegger more of a supporting-role, though what you see on screen is his best performance to date. Overall, despite some odd clumsiness in the script, Maggie is an intriguing and heartfelt film that shouldn't be missed.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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