Maggie full movie review - Maggie is a strong dramatic film. Yet it's a little too dead inside.
Directed by Henry Hobson, the movie shows the struggle of a parent, Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger) deciding what's the most humane way, for his dying daughter, Maggie (Abigail Breslin) to meet her end.
Without spoiling the movie, too much, I found this movie hard to describe. It's because Maggie isn't like any other horror genre zombies flick. It doesn't have much action. It doesn't have scares. Honestly, if you take away, the zombie inflection gimmick. It's a normal character study piece about to coming to terms with death. It's more like a dramatic dying illness movie, than anything else. It was somewhat helpful in how relatable, the subject matter is. It's a universal theme, but because it's a common life theme. It's a story that has been told immeasurable times in other, better superior films. This movie doesn't really bring anything new to the table in that concern. Still, it did certainly took a very different perspective when it comes to zombie movies flick. Even with that, I found the movie to be a bit disappointing. This movie has symptoms of being a bit too depressing, predictable, and slow moving. In my opinion, it was meh; would have been better. Don't get me wrong, I kinda like this film, but this movie is no Walking Dead. What makes the TV Series, Walking Dead, so entertaining, is that the show, shows, both action, scares and character development, so well. For the most part, it works. This movie doesn't capture the same magic as that show, because it focus way too much of being gloomy. While, the movie is somewhat melodramatic. Its narrative itself is simplistic, stretched, and unsteadily paced to the point, that some critics have diagnosed, the film as being boring. It's a slow burning movie, with not much happening around. It felt like the movie was trying to commit suicide, without even trying to live life. There was no feel of trying to survive. Wade Vogel doesn't do much to save his daughter. He doesn't go off to find a cure or something. Even with her limited time, he doesn't really, spent much time with her. I hardly saw any relationship between them. I was hoping for more like a 2013's the Last of Us, father/daughter feel to the movie and it really didn't come. Most of the time spent, was Wade being just around, being miserable. You don't feel, invested in the characters here, because you know that they will die in the end. Honestly, Schwarzenegger was soon quiet and sensitive here, almost contemplative that I had no clue, who Wade Vogel was, nor care. While, Schwarzenegger does shows that he does have a wider acting range than what most critics give him credit for. I'm just didn't see it, here. Schwarzenegger didn't deliver a line of dialogue without the accent sounding as if he learned it phonetically. It's a shame, because I wanted to see him, tackle a dramatic role, but since he didn't do, so well. Despite, Schwarzenegger being old man. Maybe, I would rather see him in action role, being brash, loud, invincible against zombies, instead. He's still too imposing to ever be convincing as an ordinary guy. He's still build a tank. While Arnold was bill as the main character in the movie, I was actually most impressed by the real star of the film, Abigail Breslin. This movie would have been useless without a solid performance by Abigail Breslin, who played the emotionally torn Maggie. Not only, does she brings a lot of depth and introspection to the film, but she also brings, the suspense that the film, really needed. You didn't know, what she was going to do. I love the make-up work for this film. Seeing the movie in HD, you really see the decay of Maggie's humanity. The cinematography of burning crops and ruin buildings, which is alternately spare, set up the mood. Yet the stupid exposition dialogue about kids going to school, kinda ruins it. Honestly, it's really hard to believe, that children will go to school, with a highly infectious killing everybody. Most Zombie Apocalypse movies normally have a breakdown of society as part of their plot, yet in this movie. You can still call the police for any disturbance. You can have teenagers go to parties, and most of all, have plenty of food, despite, people destroying their crops. Where are the power-hungry maniacs or regular-hungry people who want to attack you to get at your food and shelter? It's jarring. Another big plot-hole, is how the hospitals institutes quarantines for infected people, yet politely allows infected people to return to the their normal lives for a few weeks until they pose a definitely dangerous. What? I'm pretty sure, diseases control doesn't work like that. While, the movie does have a couple of zombies get killed along the way, it's doesn't show the scale of how bad the zombie apocalypse has got, like other films. The violence is so PG-13. You rarely see, any good zombie kills. Their deaths are portray, more like tragic, than fun. It's also bit odd, that blood for the zombies in this movie, is so oily black. It makes seem like the zombies are more robotic than humans. Overall: This humane approach to the zombie genre wasn't that bad. So I have to give it, some props. For the most part, it was kinda interesting. It had a great character study piece, but since it's depressing, I really doubt, I will re-watch it, any time soon. I do recommended watching. Don't be a zombie, open your mind a bit. Even if the movie is just alright.