Maggie Movie Review
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, but instead of battling cybernetic organisms he must deal with a different kind of apocalyptic event: the slow spread of a zombie infestation. Unfortunately for audiences, Maggie is nothing more than a brooding, moody drama about a father and a daughter--a daughter infected with a deadly disease.
Between the trailers, premise and intrigue to see Schwarzenegger do something different than his normal over-the-hill action shtick, Maggie looked like a winner. But somewhere between concept and final product, director Henry Hobson forgot to inject the most important ingredient: entertainment value.
Schwarzenegger is fine playing a more down-to-Earth, quieter father, but he doesn't get the screen time you'd expect. This is a problem when, despite what you think of his acting abilities, he is by far the most charismatic person in the movie. The lead role goes to Abigail Breslin, and while she has more Oscar nominations than the Governator, she doesn't have exactly commanding presence.
And that's a problem, because Maggie is very much a drama about a girl who is slowly dying. Had the movie been what was advertised--its official synopsis says that Schwarzenegger "will stop at nothing to protect her from the authorities seeking to kill her"--Maggie could have relied more heavily on its top-billed star to kick a little ass. But it's not that movie. It's a movie that really needed some strong performances to pull off, and while there's nothing wrong with Breslin, nothing about her performance is particularly mesmerizing.
The bigger issue, though, is that Hobson's movie just isn't very interesting. While he sets things up well enough, Maggie basically involves a lot of talking and moody music, neither of which amount to a whole lot. Not a lot happens, and what does happen is instantly forgettable. Maggie is, arguably, one of the most boring zombie movies ever made.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, and props to him for trying something a little different, but Maggie is a zombie movie with no bite.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.