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
"Making Maggie" Featurette
John Scott 3
Arnold SchwarzeneggerWade Vogel
Douglas M. GriffinRay
Rachel Whitman GrovesBonnie
Jodie MooreDr. Kaplan
Walter von HueneSecurity Officer
Dana GourrierWoman in Scrubs
David Anthony ColeDoctor
Colin WalkerHospital Soldier
Ashley HudsonFrightened Woman
Brett BakerSoldier #1
Pierre-Ange Le PogamProducer
David WingoComposer (Music Score)
Gabor NormanProduction Designer
Frank Zito IIIArt Director
Gabor NormanArt Director
Ara KeshishianExecutive Producer
Barry BrookerExecutive Producer
Bill JohnsonExecutive Producer
Claudia BluemhuberExecutive Producer
Ed Cathell IIIExecutive Producer
Florian DargelExecutive Producer
Hubert GibbsExecutive Producer
Jim SeibelExecutive Producer
Ronnie R.E. HebertExecutive Producer
Stan WertliebExecutive Producer
Todd TrosclairExecutive Producer
Claire BreauxCostume Designer
Ryan Martin DwyerSet Decorator
Chris TerhuneSound/Sound Designer
Edward JoubertSpecial Effects
Kip TaylorSpecial Effects
Matthew BrownSpecial Effects
Jonathan WalesSound Mixer
Amy C. WeinbergMakeup
Billy LucasStunts Coordinator
Courtney Vanderslice-LawVisual Effects Executive Producer
Elvis JonesMakeup Special Effects
Gary HuckabayLine Producer
Jennifer Sofio HallVisual Effects Executive Producer
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.
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
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.
"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.
a very sad movie maggie who is very much loved by her father is suffering a terminal disease which eventually the father will have to make very difficult decisions story line is heartbreaking Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the loving father he is very protective of his daughter as the authorities want to send her away as her condition worsens he sees to it that does not happen
Heartfelt Zombie Apocolypse - NOT The Walking Dead
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.
This movie drags. It has a ponderous plot that takes a long time to get going. I don't think Arnold was the best choice for the role. He just doesn't have the range to pull it off. Having said that, it did have a digital copy and has a few good action scenes.
This film was such a great take on the beaten Zombie genre. It really took the story to a very human level as a Father and Daughter cope with a mysterious and terminal disease that is slowly transforming Maggie (Abigail Breslin) in to a flesh eating monster. This is not an action film and Arnold Schwarzenegger surprises as he shines brightly as Wade, a protective father who will do anything to keep his estranged daughter out of quarantine and die on her terms. It was surprisingly a very sweet, but disturbing movie.