Rated: PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including bloody images, and some language Reviewed by: Jim Release date: May 8, 2015 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Henry Hobson's Maggie lets an audience experience sentimentality and catastrophe with desperation and preciousness into the zombie genre that doesn't really go The Walking Dead route where the director once served prominence in main title design.
Farmer Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger, remember Collateral Damage, Eraser, among many roles before he became 'The Governator') initially gets his eponymous daughter (Abigail Breslin who also starred in the more light-hearted, though violent Zombieland) home from medical treatment after bitten on the arm by the undead and itching at the wound. Her half-brothers are relocated to an aunt's residence while she stays with Wade and Maggie's stepmother, Caroline (Joely Richardson). It's a waiting process as all must deal with what is bound to occur in this oft-seen metamorphosis.
The experience of what's inevitable has an earthly view of the mordant where Maggie is fervent in not wanting to cede as the disease gratuitously progresses. Richardson's part isn't much to savor in the complex interpersonal dynamic where Schwarzenegger get to reveal a monumental stylized parental form in a Paul Bunyan manner while eradicated a few of those who need to bite. Yet, the familial connection doesn't really resonate that well in America's heartland apart from a cassette that Wade plays for his injured daughter.
Not much is made of the events surrounding how Maggie found her way into this situation but a coming-of-age feel is apparent with her scenes with Trent (Bryce Romero) share an intimate moment. An agonized epidemic is rendered aurally and visually not that well by Hobson who did well in the Oscars with a creative, less static animated prelude. But any voyeurs just won't get much out of Maggie in spite of Breslin's often inspired turn as the deterioration really isn't in sync with her vantage point.