Day 2 (Alex): Maggie

Welcome to Day 2 of my 31 (+1) Days of Halloween.  I chose Maggie for a few reasons. First and foremost, I am writing a screenplay which explores very similar themes to those found in Maggie.  Second, seeing Arnold in a film with zombies is a must-see, regardless of how well it turns out.

The film opens with Wade (Schwarzenegger) going to the hospital to pick up his daughter. She ran away from home due to reasons you'll find out later, and in the course of two weeks, was attacked and bitten by a zombie. This leaves her infected, and her time is short. Wade takes her home and attempts to give her a few more weeks of normalcy in the face of other zombies and martial law.

Exploring themes of love, loss, and fragility of life, Maggie is more of an emotional drama than a horror film. That's not a bad thing, really, and it does a very good job exploring those themes. 

The landscape and color palette paints a bleak landscape, with subtle hints of sunlight fighting to be noticed. These sparse moments of warmth parallel with the waning light of Maggie's life, and I found myself yearning for more of that warmth. 

The performances were good, particularly with Abigail Breslin who played the title character, and those who played her friends.  Arnold was believable as the distraught father.  My only gripe (brought to my attention by my observant wife), is that his character has an English name, Wade, and as you know, Arnold can't hide his strong Austrian accent entirely.  But I digress, lol.  

As promising as the premise was, I came away slightly disappointed that it didn't give us more. However, as I think about it, that's the objective, really. Succinct and to the point, I prefer this over a story that is stretched beyond its usefulness.  Another redeeming quality of Maggie is the exploration of the human psyche in the the face of terminal illnesses and how we as a society deal with unknown dangers. We see how the infected and their families cope with the fear of terminal and contagious illness, and in contrast how those outside familial boundaries are less sympathetic. 

In conclusion, I believe this is definitely worth a watch, especially if you're in the mood for a good drama that explores the human psyche and emotions.

My overall  score?  6 bits out of 8.  

Click the link below to find out where you can watch this tonight.  It's streaming on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Epix now for those of you who subscribe to those services.