Movie review: "Maggie" an unexpected but mediocre twist on the zombie genre

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

“Maggie” is an indie-ish family drama that is probably not what you are expecting from a movie that features Arnold Schwarzenegger and a backdrop of a zombie apocalypse.

It’s an intriguing genre mashup to be sure, but it ends up being surprisingly one-note and may have actually worked better as a short film.

Schwarzenegger plays a father who finds his missing teenage daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin), who wandered off to the city during a zombie outbreak, as teenagers are wont to do.

He returns Maggie to their rural Midwestern home, despite the fact that she’s been infected. “She’s going to lose her appetite,” a doctor and family friend warns. “Then she’s going to get it back again.”

Schwarzenegger shows restraint and stretches his acting muscles as the loving father faced with the slowly building loss of his daughter. And former child actor Breslin is solid when she’s asked to carry the film — especially a poignant scene among her friends.

Writer John Scott 3 finds fertile ground in the “slice of zombie life” approach, but the outcome is so predictable that the trip there starts to feel tedious.

Director Henry Hobson also has an interesting low-budget spin on the zombie tale, though there’s a sense of dread that doesn’t pay off.

“Maggie” is a great change-of-pace choice for Arnold and a great idea on paper. I just wish I hadn’t felt so dead inside when I watched it.

"Maggie"

Opens Friday

2 stars out of 4