Maggie has been the second horror themed film to star Arnold Schwarzenegger since End Of Days (1999).
The film is set in the post-apocalyptic world, where the inhabitants are infected by the necroambulist virus that turns people into zombies.
Maggie gets infected with the disease while she is staying in the city, away from her family. Aware that this fatal disease is going to consume her, she calls her father to bid him her final goodbye.
Wade knows that since his daughter has been affected by the necroambulist virus, she would eventually become a flesh eater. The doting father now starts his struggle to protect his daughter.
The film is fraught with tension and sorrow as the family bides their time waiting for the inevitable. Maggie’s step siblings are sent away from home as a precaution of unwarranted events.
They watch Maggie as she gradually changes. Her pupils turn cloudy and opaque, her veins and wounds darken and her sense of smell gets tuned to raw flesh.
The issues with the zombie genre is the fact that it has loads of gore, where people are eating people. There can hardly be a lighter moment or a breather, thus making it very heavy.
The highlight of the film is Maggie’s step brother, Bobby Vogel (Aiden Flowers), who is like a breath of fresh air. He is charismatic, charming and cute. One cannot just take his eyes off him.
Needless to say, Arnold Schwarzenegger comes up with a sincere and an earnest performance.
Maggie vacillates between being scary and trying to handle a father-daughter relationship, and in trying to do so gets lost.
All in all, Maggie has been well put together by director Henry Hobson. It is a well directed zombie film that is pleasantly engaging.
When one thinks of Arnold Schwarzenegger, all that comes to our mind is action and more action. However, with Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger has tried ...2.5