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As the world narrowly recovers from a near apocalyptic virus, an infected teenage girl with only a precious few weeks to live must find the strength and bravery to face her fleeting mortality as her father struggles helplessly to protect her from the frightened town and keep the family together.
Drama Horror Thriller - This is far from what one would expect from a zombie film starring
Arnold Schwarzenegger: this is not an action thriller with horror
elements but a very slow and dark horror drama, with Schwarzenegger
in a rare serious role, and more or less a supporting character to
the title character played by Abigail Breslin. While violence and
gore is of a distinct PG-13 level, it is still too intense and the
film overall too disturbing for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Like I said, Arnold Schwarzenegger is very good in this movie. It's the movie that lets him down.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Despite its stylistic affectations, Maggie is a thought-provoking blend of post-apocalyptic thriller, teen weeper and horror flick, infused with more intelligence and humanism than that description might imply.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average ...the movie centers on Maggie's dependence on her father, a stoic man torn between protecting his daughter or taking out his gun and making it quick. He (Schwarzenegger) does himself proud with a heartfelt performance that is surely his gentlest, most humane screen acting. Gore is kept to a minimum, a fact likely to disappoint audiences out for blood.
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By the time a necrotic viral pandemic spread cross-country to small town America
and infected the film's titular character, 16-year-oldMAGGIE (ABIGAIL BRESLIN),
authorities had established a protocol for patients infected with the deadly
virus: they are removed from society and taken to special isolation wards to
complete the agonizing and dangerous transformation into one of the walking
dead. The authorities do not speak about what happens after that.
Wade Vogel (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER) is not ready to give up his daughter. After
weeks of searching for Maggie when she runs away following her diagnosis, Wade
brings his daughter back to her home and family - stepmother, Caroline (JOELY
RICHARDSON), and her two children - M-- for whatever time may be left as the
teenager begins an excruciatingly painful metamorphosis. Having lost Maggie's
mother years earlier, Wade is determined to hold on to his precious daughter as
long as he can, refusing to surrender her to the local police who show up with
orders to take her. As the disease progresses, Caroline decides to take their
two younger children and move out, leaving Wade alone with Maggie to watch
helplessly as she suffers.