May 8, 2015

Abigail Breslin and Arnold Schwarzenegger in MAGGIE.

Directed by: Henry Hobson

Written by: John Scott 3

Cast: Abigail Breslin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joely Richardson.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 95 minutes

MAGGIE is being marketed as “not your typical zombie story.” There is some truth in that statement. However, the film is really more akin to dramatic weepies in which one of its characters is suffering from a terminal illness. In this case it is Abigail Breslin who plays Maggie Vogel, a young woman that is infected with a virus that will eventually end with her being a zombie. Her dad, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, must determine how long he lets the disease take its course until he must inevitably euthanize Maggie. This seems like there would be enough dramatic tension to hold an audience for 95 minutes, but there is not. Sadly, the majority of the film is boring, and the ending that seemed inevitable is nothing more than a cop out.

Grade: C