A Midwestern farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin) even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this audacious, genre-bending debut feature from director Henry Hobson.
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Never thought I'd live to see the day when Arnold Schwarzenneger would star in a character-driven zombie drama that strives for moments of Malick-ian visual poetry. Arnold is called upon to deliver a low-key, internalized performance, and proves fairly adequate in the role. A kindred spirit to M. Night Shymalan's "Signs" and David Robert Mitchell's "It Follows," even if it's nowhere as excellent as either of them.
While it's hardly the most sure-footed film I've ever seen and the ending is disappointing, "Maggie" won my heart, as it's a thoughtful, painful post-apocalyptic zombie-drama, with a hard-bitten and occasionally weepy Arnold Schwarzenegger trudging about in a vivid world free of CGI-altered money-shots of a thousand bloodied extras clamoring over the few half-naked airbrushed white people. End rant.
Much like The Babbadook, Maggie doesn't find a balance of the artistic elements of pairing literary horror with literary drama. The two styles are often hard to balance due to drama being grounded and earthbound with its meaning often much more obvious as the story is centered around the plot. Horror is often not as earthbound and its meaning is heavy in symbolism/metaphors, while the plot is more indirect to story.
Finally someone gives Arnold something to do besides shoot bad guys and crack jokes. His monosyllabic and stoic charisma is put to good use here and he has some great chemistry with Breslin who is equally affecting as the eponymous girl. I also liked that the movie used the zombie genre to tap into human issues of loss and grief. While the production design is excellent the script is too thin. Still a good movie.
Not the most well executed, but Arnold Schwarzenegger definitely delivered an emotionally evocative performance, and the film did manage to blend indie drama with zombie flick in a way that wasn't totally disastrous.
O unico filme que faz o Arnold parecer humano e não um durão que bate em todos e nada lhe toca. Excelentes planos, em certas partes do filme fica se um bocado "on edge". Dá para ver que é um filme independente ou que tenta ser um. Mas sinceramente gostei imenso deste filme mas seclhar pela posição e estado emocional em que estou influenciou a minha decisão em dar 5 estrelas a este filme.
It is worth a glance for Arnie's subdued performance but other than that, it's pretty dull. It has the look of a really great art-house film but none of the substance. The cold cinematography, shaky camera and minimalist dialogue act as an illusion to make it feel more emotional than it is.