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Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator Genisys) stars as Wade Vogel, a loving father who'll do just about anything to protect his daughter, even when she's slowly transforming into a flesh eating zombie.

From the film's genre and it's main star best known for his action films, Maggie may sound like a shoot 'em up zombie horror film akin to Dawn Of The Dead or World War Z, but what's so surprising about Maggie is how different it is. This is a very quiet, somber and emotionally driven film about a father and daughter. Only a few actual zombies are ever encountered during the film and there deaths are not glorified, in fact they come across as incredibly tragic.

At the beginning of the film we're told that Maggie played by Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) has two weeks until she must be taken into quarantine. But Wade won't let his daughters eventual demise into darkness become a reality.

What kept me hooked throughout Maggie was surprisingly the performance of famed action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger who perhaps gives the most subdued performance of his entire career. No catchy one liners or huge fight scenes are given to the actor, instead he's simply there to care for his daughter and protect her from the authorities who rightfully see her as a threat. What only adds to Schwarzenegger's performance was his co-star Abigail Breslin, the two had great chemistry and we're shockingly believable as father and daughter. Breslin's performance is fine, sometimes a tad overacted, but the relationship between the two characters made up for it.

The zombie genre is one I am extremely tired of, because I find that many of them fail to do something new. Warm Bodies, Shaun Of The Dead and now Maggie stand apart from the rest as they truly did something unique with the cliched and overdone genre.

As the film gets into its second half, I found a lot of the same type of scenes being repeated and the points that they're trying to make feeling redundant, as they've already been made in the film's first half. There was one scene that felt extremely out of place, when Maggie reunites with her high school friends, one of which is also infected. I appreciated what the scene was trying to do but for me it just didn't work.

For the most part, Maggie works, it's a somber, dreary and well acted entry in the zombie genre, but it's lackluster finale and repetitive scenes are what hold the film down.

Have you seen Maggie? If so, what did you think about it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @JamesPorter97


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