When you think about a zombie movie, you imagine gore, flesh eating fiends and maybe some action. But when you think about an Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie, you think about gore, flesh eating fiends and lots and lots of action. Sadly, Maggie is not your usual zombie flick. Though the movie describes itself as a horror-thriller, it unfortunately meets none of them. To watch a loved one suffer and turn into a flesh eating ghoul has always been a part of a zombie flick, but rarely is it ever the main focus of the film. This way, Maggie shows great potential in its storyline, but sadly that potential is sold short. Here’s a quick breakdown of the film:
The good: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s casting in the film was perhaps its most headline grabbing aspect. And to see the Terminator star play a stripped down role of a protective father was somewhat heartwarming. He definitely rose to the challenge and gave, what might be his best dramatic performance. By the end of the film, you will be left to wonder, why he doesn’t take up more such roles.
The bad: The pace
The movie is slow. Too slow. Despite Abigail Breslin’s best efforts, her character never moves beyond the terrified, infected teenager we meet in the opening scene. With no real action and not much talking either, the movie just drags at some parts.
The ugly: Where are the zombies?
A movie categorized as a zombie flick should have some zombies, right? Set in a town where half of its population has turned into rotting stragglers, you will merely spot a few of them aimlessly roaming around the fields or moaning for their next meal in the grocery store. Where was that dreaded quarantine unit? What happened there? But more importantly, where were all the flesh eating monsters we were promised? (Well, technically)
Why should you watch this film?
Even though Maggie has been wrongly categorized as thriller or horror, it has pulled off drama better than any other film. The void that is formed due to the lack of action is efficiently filled by the emotional music and the few but powerfully delivered dialogues. Apart from a few flaws, the film is a unique display of life, love and loss set in the backdrop of a ‘necroambulishm’ (We’re too scared to use the Z word) infected town. Grab a bucket of popcorn and take those tissues not to hide your face in, but to wipe your tears.