Maggie ****

    

U.S./ Director Henry Hobson/ 95mins

 

Synopsis: A father (Schwarzenegger) decides to look after his daughter (Breslin) after she is infected by a Zombie attack.

 

An alternative take on the overused horror genre that brings a different take to the story.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a loving Midwest farmer who is determined to bring his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) home after she is infected by zombies. As the disease begins to take hold, her father decides to stay by her side, fending other zombies and local law enforcement.

 

Even although this has a narrative revolving around a virus outbreak and zombies, it is strangely not a horror story. There are very little scenes with the walking dead with virtually no scary aspects. It is more about a father and daughter reuniting and bonding before they have to say their last goodbyes, while questioning the humanity of individual souls.

 

Casting the Austrian Oak at first appears to be a really bizarre bit of casting. However Arnie is exceptional and for the first time in his career gives an amazing restrained heartfelt performance of a man trying his best to keep the last aspect in his life safe from harm. Breslin yet again gives a great performance showing emotional pain through the sadness in her eyes.

 

Stunningly shot with a surprising good turn from the Governator, this slow but tender thought provoking piece of melodrama.

Reviewed by Paul Logan

  

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