I do like a good zombie flick but not this one. It's a clever play on the genre as it focuses in on the family drama of one infected girl rather than a movie that's a (literal) mindless slaughter of hundreds of zombies. Unfortunately, the latter is more entertaining.
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.
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.
Un buon film,che risente del basso budget e del ritmo volutamente stile-festival. Il parallelismo infetto-malato terminale funziona parecchio bene,così come è buono l accento sulla differenza tra il legame di sangue e il legame di convivenza. La messa in scena è di livello,e nel finale vira verso lidi mallickiani, seppur con notevole distanza; cmq un buon lavoro, di questo periodo in giro c'è di molto peggio.
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.
Non è male, certo ogni tanto si incarta in un ritmo volutamente da indie da festival, e i dialoghi a volte zoppicano eppure riesce a mantenere le premesse: il dramma c'è, e l'horror c'è. Un paio di scene sono davvero belle, anche semplicemente per l'estetica, e in generale l'idea dello zombie come allegoria funziona sempre bene. Deve molto a In The Flesh, la miniserie TV.
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.
Not a bad idea for a movie but the story's told in the laziest way, taking all the obvious choices with no nuance or surprise. Abigail Breslin is good and does a lot to elevate the movie above the level of the script. Arnold Schwarzenegger is good enough, though Tom Hardy in this role would have made it pop. http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/films/diary/
2.5 Schwarzy comes back in a indie zombie movie. FUCK YEA. However, it's not what you're thinking. His job is not killing brain eaters here. He's just taking care of his infected teen daughter throughout her terminal disease phase. It's just a pity that what could have been a damn original short film has been dilated for 90 useless, never ending minutes.