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Blu-ray Review: MAGGIE Is A Great Zombie Film With A Mesmerising Arnold Schwarzenegger Performance - Movies In Focus
Henry Hobson’s Maggie is a superb zombie movie with a twist. This Arnold Schwarzenegger film isn’t The Walking Dead or 28 Days Later – it’s a low-key drama with a fantastic performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger. This film might star the Austrian Oak, but don’t expect slam-bam action from this touching family drama: Schwarzenegger is Wade Vogel, a farmer who will stop at nothing to protect his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) when she becomes infected with a zombie virus. The simple set-up of Maggie manages to maintain a lot of tension and draw-out a tremendous amount of emotion. Hobson makes an assured debut and he takes many of the tropes of the zombie sub-genre and inverts them. He merely hints at a near-end of the world zombie apocalypse and instead chooses to focus on the remnants of social order. Everyone is living their lives in Maggie – they just do so around the outbreak of a killer virus. Hobson takes John Scott III’s Blacklist script and creates a fascinating movie that touches on the fringes of horror but keeps its heart planted firmly in the realm of drama. Lukas Ettlin’s ethereal magic hour cinematography, Jane Rizo’s flinty editing and David Wingo’s [...]