An Arthouse Zombie flick.Maggie sees Arnold Schwarzenegger play the father of a girl who was recently bitten by a zombie. In a role that would have been better played by Dwight Yoakam or Billy Bob Thornton, Aronald plays a middle American redneck farmer doing his best to deal with a world that is falling apart around him. People are burning their crops in an effort to stop the spread of something. People bitten by zombie take a while to Turn and when they do, they are taken to concentration camps. But before they are rounded up, they are allowed to live with their families.
This is the crux of the story. When is your loved one no longer your loved one, but a mindless zombie that wants to eat your brain? What would you do if you were the one bitten? Or if you were the one who had to decide what to do with someone who was bitten?
Maggie is a slow moving bit of business. There are no zombie hordes. No running and screaming. Very little onscreen violence. I think they were going for a Bambi’s Mom is Dead or I’ll Shoot Old Yeller feel that they didn’t quiet reach.
Maggie was a very artistic looking film. Lots of mood lighting. Lots of cinematic shots with one light. Lots of darkness or hard shadows or soft focus. The music was nice and moody, but nothing all that memorable. The bulk of the film was Arnold looking worried and his daughter looking sad. It was made clear that the fate of the world is in the balance and that one live doesn’t matter.
Looking at the Boxoffice for Maggie shows it took in $187,000 dollars during a brief theatrical run and had about $2,000,000 in DVD/Bluray sales. It cost $4,500,000 to make.Maggie was an odd little movie. It moved a little too slow for my taste.