'Maggie' [Blu ray]
(Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, et al / Blu ray / R / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: A teenage girl in the Midwest, with her loving father by her side, becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies.
Blu ray Verdict: An epidemic has taken control of the world as there is no sign of any vaccine or cure. Mostly because not even once in the film has the cause or origin of the mutation discussed. All one will see in the film is a teenager named Maggie (Breslin) introspecting about why this diseased life was awarded to her and her gloomy father (Schwarzenegger) fooling around in the farm, doing specifically nothing.
To put it simply, there is no action in the plot neither is there any development. The cinematography focuses onto the protagonists' faces and I could even count the number of hair in Breslin's left nose hole. 17, from the scene I observed towards the end. But it could be 18 or 19!
Make no mistake, this is not an action, comedy, horror, or suspense. This was a full on drama chalked full of scenes of long car rides, aimless walks, and lots of silent reflections. The only problem with this drama, I am not sure who the demographic is here. Its a zombie themed movie that certainly the older generation that is more into reflective dramas like this would not be into.
But then again, it's also not for young ADHD generation who can't sit through a two hour long snooze fest. The whole movie I was hoping for a payoff at the end when the incredibly difficult decision that Wade Vogel (Schwarzenegger) has to make, is decided ... but it never happens.
The snail-paced screenplay throws nothing much for its audience to chew, which is like being handed the popcorn basket with no popcorn in it. One will realize that there's nothing more in store for the film to show by as early as the 20th minute. While one can understand the dullness of the thematic film, the degree is unbearable and ennui-inducing, with no respite even in the climax. Schwarzenegger is fine, of course, throughout.
Basically put, 'Maggie' is rather like an art house film, with its long stretches of quiet, character development and only slight bits of the musical score which accompanies the soundtrack. Such decisions punctuate the emotion and give this feature a cerebral atmosphere it might not have had otherwise.
In closing, and to put it another way, 'Maggie' is about a terminally sick child, and a father who knew, he had no power to save her. With all his physical strength, with all his composure and confidence, he had no power to stop the sickness from killing his child. And it shows. So, good and bad aspects will keep you watching, of that have no doubt, but once the two hours is over you will definitely feel like putting on a 22 minute sitcom - just to bring so color, some life back into your life! [FYI: This is officially the lowest budgeted movie Arnold Schwarzenegger has appeared in since the original 'Terminator' film in 1984.] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Making Maggie Featurette
Cast / Crew Interviews
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