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Maggie (2015/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B- Film: B-

Maggie is not The Walking Dead, though it is a drama. In many ways, it is the exact opposite of World War Z. Dealing with the Zombie virus almost like an STD, Maggie pits Arnold Schwarzenegger in a role like you have never seen him - a deeply disturbed father who is struggling with when and where to shoot this Zombified daughter (Abigail Breslin) down. The film takes a very realistic approach to a Zombie outbreak, with chilling voiceovers of news broadcasts, Police Officers rounding people up into contamination, and normal folks just struggling to survive. This is a post apocalyptic world in a realistic light not unlike Gareth Edwards' debut feature - Monsters.

Though Arnold is great in this role, it really could have been any other actor of his caliber like Bruce Willis or even Liam Neeson but that doesn't take away from his controlled performance, showing him unshaven and psychologically disturbed. Say what you will about Arnold, but he has been a more versatile actor since the 1980s. Abigail Breslin really steals the show here, proving that she is an Oscar worthy young actress perfectly showcasing the progression of her illness and nearly out acting everyone else in the film. I'm really excited to see her career develop as she gets older.

After his daughter (Abigail Breslin) is infected with a virus that transforms her into a zombie, a small-town farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) will stop at nothing to save her. That being the general synopsis, the story is pretty original - with Maggie falling in love with an effected boy and that was what passed to her. It brings up an angle on the Zombie genre in a way that I haven't quite seen before which is memorial.

So how about the Zombies themselves? Being a huge Zombie fan, I've seen all of the classics and will say that these Undead Baddies do end up looking pretty damn cool. Very similar to the classic Romero Zombie, these are slow moving and vicious killers with black blood and creepy looking eyes… being a more realistic representation of what they would look like.

The film is darkly lit throughout and has lots of grays and black tones throughout. However, the crisp 1080p transfer isn't noisy/grainy or muddled but evenly tones with a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track that doesn't disappoint.

Extras include...

Director's Commentary

Making Maggie Featurette

Deleted Scene

Cast/Crew Interviews

Trailer Gallery

All in all, I would suggest Maggie to drama lovers and Zombie lovers. It's not a nail biting thriller, but a deep psychological study on the human condition, which is welcome in this day of average Zombie flicks.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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