Maggie (2015)


Henry Hobson directs Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson in this father watches his daughter turn zombie horror drama. 

This had so much potential – a good idea squandered, another (possibly terminal) stumble on the Arnie comeback march. The problem here is pace and direction. We’ve clearly watched Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and thought let’s make a zombie like that… Exactly like that. Lots of coverage of foxes in woods, washing on lines, fields of abandoned crops. Not much incident. We have an all time greatest action star and fine comedy actress both playing against type, but with so little to do or say their decent physical performances are stretched out in infuriating extreme close ups. This is a boring film. Schwarzenegger in particular deserves better for taking a risk at such critical juncture of his career. The filmmakers should be thrown into quarantine.



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