Maggie, directed by Henry Hobson is a small film in a large, self-destructing world. A film that brings what may be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most powerful and heartfelt performance to the big screen, and also a film that tells a beautiful, but inevitably sad story, and wraps it all up in some simply stunning cinematography.
Wade Vogel, played Arnold Schwarzenegger, lives in a world that is slowly being torn apart by a zombie like virus, and things only worsen when he discovers that his daughter Maggie, played by Abigail Breslin, has been bitten and has very little time until the infection fully takes over. This is a film that not only becomes about Vogel caring for his daughter who has a very short time, and an ever approaching end date, but it’s also a film about coming to terms with the fact, that soon he will have to do the very thing that no Father ever wants to do.
One of the main reasons I wanted to see Maggie was because I was really interested to see Arnold Schwarzenegger take on a dramatic role in a smaller film. Very much to my surprise, he was really good. He brought the appropriate level of emotion to it, and I really believed in the relationship between him and his daughter. The accent is of course the one hiccup. It’s distracting at first, but once you settle into the film, plus the fact that Schwarzenegger isn’t encumbered with the majority of the dialogue, it all comes together for him. By the end of the film, I was completely on board with him as the character of Wade. He really does to a commendable job in this film.
Schwarzenegger is also helped by the fact that he is backed up by a brilliant performance from Abigail Breslin. She does an amazing job in this film. You really feel her pain, and she brings a troubled sweetness to the character of Maggie. Watching as Maggie slowly begins to change and be more harshly affected by the disease is a heart breaking watch. This is a film that is completely on point when both its actors and its characters are concerned.
What’s great about the film Maggie is that it takes place in a world that is slowly falling apart, and unlike films like World War Z or other films of the like, it focuses on a small part of this much bigger epidemic. A man and his sick daughter, a town where the once well known, friendly locals have now either become distant memories, or threats that need to be kept an eye on. For such a short film (about 96 minutes long) director Henry Hobson expertly sets up his world and makes it easy for you to understand it, and want to explore it with its main cast of characters.
The final point I want to make about this film, is just how beautiful at times it is to look at. There are some truly wonderful shots, Hobson and his team went with unconventional shots, set the camera up in the unusual places while the harrowing scenes played out. It all made for an even more enjoyable experience. Even in a world as dark and broken as the one in Maggie, there was still some beauty to be seen. Plus the unique use of sound helped to add a haunting feeling to the film, one that added that extra bit of a chill to run down the spine.
I really enjoyed Maggie. A small film that doesn’t seem to be on a lot of peoples radars, but it is a film that without a doubt should be.
I absolutely recommend Maggie, a stunningly tragic little film, and one you should make the time to see.
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