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Maggie [Blu-ray] [2015]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (303 out of 382)

    Special Features


    • "Making Maggie" featurette
    • Cast/Crew interviews
    • Deleted scene
    • Director's commentary
    • Trailer gallery

    Synopsis


    Maggie
    In this dramatic horror movie a virulent zombie epidemic spreads terror across the globe as a father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) cares for his infected daughter (Abigail Breslin) while struggling to prepare her for the inevitable. Directed by Henry Hobson. ~ Jennifer Lackman, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Arnold Schwarzenegger
      Arnold Schwarzenegger - Wade Vogel
    • Abigail Breslin
      Abigail Breslin - Maggie
    • Joely Richardson
      Joely Richardson - Caroline
    • Douglas M. Griffin
      Douglas M. Griffin - Ray
    • J.D. Evermore
      J.D. Evermore - Holt



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 382 reviews

    79%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not your typical Zombie flic

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      Tranceboi1
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      "Thoughtful" and "somber" are not words one traditionally uses to describe anything starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially since his career rebirth, but those words apply to Maggie, the most surprising film of his muscular career. Surprising because the film deals with a world in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, but you won't find Schwarzenegger stacking up piles of undead corpses or anything like that. Instead, Maggie is an affecting family drama that should appeal to fans of The Walking Dead rather than those expecting Dawn of the Dead. Directed by graphic designer Henry Hobson, the atmosphere is a portrait of misery and despair in the wake of a zombie virus outbreak. Schwarzenegger is Wade, a stoic Midwestern farmer who tracks down his runaway daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) and discovers she's been infected by "The Turn". While the worst of the chaos seems to be over, the world has settled into a "quarantine and eliminate" scenario for the diseased, but Wade isn't about to let that happen to his terrified daughter. Instead he chooses to bring her back home where his second wife (Joely Richardson) and her two kids await for the morbid family reunion. Hobson and screenwriter John Scott 3 explore parental denial and terminal illness, while the whole zombie aspect is basically just a grim window dressing. They're more concerned with the dynamics of a family in a perpetual state of mourning, and the distressing effect illness can have on the family structure. Wade is doing what any parent would want to do for their dying child, which is take care of them and make their final days comfortable, but he's also completely delusional and unprepared for the reality. Everyone, including his wife, knows what needs to be done but he either doesn't see it or refuses to accept it. This doesn't make for the most exciting movie in the world; in fact it's pretty slow even for 90-minutes in length, but the emotions are agonizingly real. Even the happy moments, like a fun, romantic night out between Maggie and her infected boyfriend, is tinged with sadness. It isn't long before Maggie's deteriorating condition becomes a concern for more than just Wade. The police aggressively push for her to be quarantined, but Wade persistently acts as if he and his daughter are the only two people left in the entire world. The focus on Wade's grief takes away from some of the deeper issues that could have been explored, like the conflict within the household itself. But one has to appreciate that the film doesn't go in the most obvious of directions. There are only a couple of scenes where Wade is forced to kill and there is weight behind those decisions that Schwarzenegger carries on his broad shoulders. Interestingly, his action-hero past adds certain humbleness, an unexpected gravity to his performance. He doesn't need to say a lot to be effective here. Will Maggie steer Schwarzenegger away from blockbusters? Probably not, but it goes a long way in showing that in the right kind of film and the perfect role, Schwarzenegger is capable of more than being an expendable terminator.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Arnold's return to the big screen

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      Jamal
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      Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen following his eight-year stint as the Governor of California was met with a triumphant cheer from fans of the ridiculous, over-the-top action movies that the Austrian actor helped popularize. Cranking out testosterone-laced like The Expendables 2, Escape Plan and Sabotage, it seemed like Arnold hadn't missed a step during his big- screen hiatus. But amid all the gunfire and explosions and catchphrases, Schwarzenegger also managed to find time for some genuine acting. Set against the backdrop of a small Midwestern town in the aftermath of a deadly pandemic that produces zombie-like symptoms, Maggie opens with quiet family man Wade (Schwarzenegger) driving into the city to pick up his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who has just been diagnosed with the virus. Unlike The Walking Dead, whose characters would resolve this problem with a well-placed shot from a crossbow or pistol, the world of Maggie is much more humane. There are numerous protocols in place for keeping the virus contained, including setting aside a quarantine zone where the infected are sent to live among each other until their condition deteriorates to the point where they must be euthanized. Still in the early stages of infection, Maggie is allowed to return home with Wade, with the admonishment that she be taken to the quarantine zone once her symptoms become worse. Maggie's stepmother (Joely Richardson) sends her own children to stay with relatives as a precautionary measure, and the ramshackle farmhouse becomes a cradle of tension and sorrow as the family bides their time waiting for the inevitable. If you strip out the zombie-related elements, this could just as easily have been any number of films about a teenager with a terminal illness - the only real difference here is that Maggie's affliction leaves her prone to grey skin, wounds that won't heal and a desire to consume raw flesh. Downplaying the horror in favor of focusing on the familial drama is a superb choice, and lends the film a distinct voice in the cacophony of an already crowded genre. Maggie is easily the most emotional and melodramatic work of Schwarzenegger's career, a somber and melancholy affair that showcases a range we've never seen from the aging action superstar. His on screen relationship with Breslin feels authentic and believable, and it's hard not to sympathize with a loving father who knows his child is slipping away. In his directorial debut, Henry Hobson knows just when to pull at the audience's heartstrings. There's very little in the way of conventional horror, which might disappoint some genre fans hoping for a few scares, but this shouldn't be seen as a shortcoming. Maggie is an interesting and unique approach to a subject that is often glossed over in other zombie-related stories, and the quieter moments are the ones that resonate the most.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Dark Place for Schwarzenegger

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      TVMediaJunkie
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      WHAT I LIKED This was a very different look at the Zombie Apocalypse. In a way somewhat a timeless look at what happened when the contagion started to mutate,because you still had civil law enforcement, there was still a government, a look for a cure as if it had not reached full civil discourse. You was not sure how long ago the out break had been going on. It seemed to me that there was still some normalcy going on in the world, But then again this was not so much about the Zombie Apocalypse as it was a fathers love for his daughter and watching her die, but yet still holding out hope for a cure.This movie was just great story that happened somewhere during the Apocalypse WHAT I DID NOT LIKE Seeing on of my favorite actors Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a helpless father, I just felt bad for him, it was uncomfortable watching him suffer like that, but in this situation it was needed to tell the story and he delivered as he always does, but as a father he broke my heart, but I am use to seeing in Arnold in full armor and lets go kick some butt mode. This was just different for me. But I am going to seek out other movies of him that I have not seen yet

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not your typical zombie movie or Arnold movie!

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      Basham50
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      'MAGGIE' written by the new up and coming PAGE screen writer award winner JOHN SCOTT 3. 'MAGGIE' involves the struggle of a fathers worst nightmare. To lose a child is one thing but to have to choose how they die is another. The daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) becomes infected by a slow cancer-like zombie virus. Her father Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) does everything in his power to keep her safe until the very end. This movie showcases several concepts never before seen in film. It also shows a much different side of Arnold Schwarzenegger. You get to see Arnold the father, the husband. You get to witness an emotional, heartfelt side of Arnold's acting that's a rare treat to his fans. I would highly recommend this movie for anyone tired of the guts and gore of typical zombie films. Its a film that takes a look at the human psyche and make you question how far would you go to protect the ones you love.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not your typical Zombie film

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      DEF1988
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      I rented this movie a couple of months ago on Google Play. I have only seen the trailer at this point & did not know what to expect. After watching the film, I have to say I enjoyed it very much. It was a good departure from all the clichéd zombie movies out right now. Some people might find the movie slow & maybe even boring at times, just keep an open mind and you will enjoy this film. Don't go into this movie expecting it to be Arnold vs the zombies, because it is not that type of film. It is mainly about a father & his daughter and the tough choices that have to be made given the situation that they are in. I bought this blu-ray on release day 07/07/15 & recommend buying or at least renting this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Wake up Ahnooold I think I got something to say to

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      ski007mw
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      Lord.. Maggie.. where to begin. I don't blame Arnold.. between still pumping some iron at age 70, politics and Hollywood films.. he must have done at least 6 new films since leaving the Gubernator of CA seat... I am surprised he still has the energy to act. This movie falls so flat, the character development is poor, the original plot sounded great, but the director's decision to end this movie so poorly whilst expecting it to pick up all throughout, was like a bad date that just never stopped disappointing your expectations. I wouldn't watch it again, but now I own it. Will collect dust until a yaerd sale opp

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great film and a must see on blu-ray.

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      bbrown2
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      Arnold Schwarzenegger finds his dramatic side in this apocalyptic zombie film. Do not let the zombie aspect scare you off as this is a dramatic telling of the choices one would face if their loved one contracted a contagious and deadly disease. There is subtly and beauty to the work including masterful cinematography and breakthrough performances. The blu-ray is an excellent transfer that truly captures the director's vision and showcases the film in magnificent brilliance. I highly recommend this film and the product.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Heartfelt Zombie Apocolypse - NOT The Walking Dead

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      toddster7
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      If your expecting this Zombie movie to be like the walking dead your looking in the wrong place. This is a heartfelt, soul searching look at what happens to a family when its torn apart by devastating circumstances and the loss of a child. This movie is more drama than action and not to be confused with the standard zombie flick. It is worth watching but if you are not ready for a "slow burn" than maybe this should be a rental first for you. Good movie with solid performances. Not what I was expecting but worth watching non-the less.

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