MAGGIE: A REVIEW OF WHAT I LIKED AND WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

I said that I was done with reviews; I reckon they weren’t done with me. There may be more, there may not; who knows?

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Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson

Written by John Scott 3 and directed by Henry Hobson

SynopsisAfter she is bitten, Wade Vogel (Schwarzenegger) takes his daughter Maggie (Breslin) home to protect her until her inevitable transition into one of the walking dead.

What I liked: I liked that Maggie is not your typical zombie movie and I challenge anyone to say that it is. With a body count of only four and virtually no gore to speak of Maggie is left with the opportunity to tell a human interest story that may or may not be metaphorical with how we engage and interact with those we love after the heartbreaking news of a terminal disease.

As unpalatable as it may seem Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one of the absolute best performances of his career. His Wade Vogel is a character torn by the initial safety of his immediate family and the inevitable reality that he is going to lose the final link to his deceased wife when his daughter Maggie is dead and gone. There have been few films where I was not reminded that Schwarzenegger was once a 7-time Mr. Olympia. The Terminator was one of those films; Maggie is another.

Abigail Breslin is a long way from Little Miss Sunshine and her range in Maggie proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. At first glance we would be lead to believe that she doesn’t say much or even do much in her role as Marguerite “Maggie” Vogel. That would be an unfair assumption; what a character doesn’t say sometimes speaks louder than what they do say.

What I didn’t like: There’s a not lot for me to say here. Maggie moves a bit slow and a bit clumsy at times but not too much and I can forgive that.

Do I recommend it? Yeah, I do. Enough said.

Take care and stay scared, ya’ll.

 

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