Maggie Movie Review
Written by Karin Crighton
Movie released by Lotus Entertainment
Directed by Henry Hobson
Written by John Scott 3
2015, 95 minutes, Rated PG 13
Theatrical release on May 8th, 2015
Abigail Breslin as Maggie
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Wade
Joely Richardson as Caroline
Maggie (Abigail Breslin) has been bitten. There's no way around that. She's going to turn into a zombie and nothing her dad Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and her stepmother Caroline (Joely Richardson) can do to stop that. They can only be there and comfort her during this scary and make sure that when her time comes she goes without fear.
This movie is so boring. On the surface it seems like it should work. A relatively big name cast, a great zombie premise, stoic Midwest setting, a clunky pickup truck driving through cornfields. The potential parallel to a child with terminal cancer or even echoes of the recent Ebola horrors could have made Maggie a timely message of making amends in our short lives. But there's just nothing there. Just a 95-minute downward spiral with too many dramatic pauses and not enough plot.
The acting is mediocre. Breslin flails as the lead, scenes with her younger siblings fall flat, and there's a stiffness between her and the girl playing her best friend that reeks of "I met you on set today". Arnold has little to show he's a salt-of-the-earth farmer. He wanders around with a shotgun and tries to fix a truck. We believed Casey Affleck could be a farmer in Interstellar, c'mon Arnold. Richardson, however, is great. She provides just enough resistance to make us wonder if she's an evil stepmom, then pulls the rug out from under by showing us that she's just human and sorry she's losing the girl she raised as a daughter as long as she's known her.
Unfortunately, there's just not enough here to care about. The story is a B arc at best, the main actress needs stronger direction, and I just couldn't bring myself to be swayed by the beautifully tragic musicscapes.
Oh Maggie – you lured me away from home just to save you from being alone, but I should have stayed home and watched World War Z again. (Hah, got that song stuck in your head! You're welcome).