Arnold Schwarzenegger proves once and for all that he’s more than just muscle in Lionsgate’s “Maggie.” The Austrian killing machine delivers his most personal and reserved performance in a uniquely touching take on how a zombie epidemic affects the lives of one family. First time director Henry Hobson takes John Scott III’s captivating script and maneuvers George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” into an entirely fresh and intimate direction.
In "Maggie," a small-town farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) will stop at nothing to save his daughter (Abigail Breslin). She's been infected with a virus that transforms her into a zombie and returns home to live out her last days.
“Maggie” is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including bloody images, and some language. It contains scenes of ravenous zombies, one of which is a female child. Younger viewers would likely be weighed down by the emotional impact the film carries.
The DVD version of “Maggie” includes a healthy amount of bonus material. They include Director’s Commentary, a “Making Maggie” Featurette, Deleted Scene, and Trailer Gallery. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin are among the cast and crew who provide insightful interviews about the film. It’s amazing to see how much passion Schwarzenegger has for the movie, which he co-produced.
“Maggie” is a complete departure from the roles we’ve come to know Arnold Schwarzenegger for. His biggest enemy here is his emotional attachment to his daughter. After battling Terminators, Predators, and even the Devil, he finds himself facing down the personal tragedy of a terminally sick child turning more and more into a monster every day. Although the pacing start to drag at times, “Maggie” ends up being a touching and dramatic lesson on life and mortality that just happens to be set during a zombie apocalypse.
“Maggie” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.