First off, I am a huge fan of Arnold. My favorite being Total Recall. It's what drew me into this movie in the first place. Upon watching it I was pleasantly surprised that this was nothing like other Schwarzenegger movies. Explosions, catch phrases, and endless supplies of ammunition are sacrificed for fantastically dramatic acting and astute themes. In short. This movie isn't Total Recall.
Maggie has been bitten by a zombie and infected with the virus. Her transformation is slow coming but undeniable. Her father, Wade, decides to keep an eye on her and vows to do what needs to be done. He takes her out into the country, back to their home. He and his wife try to enjoy what little time they have left with her. However, the time is ticking. Maggie tries to come to grips with the reality of her situation while we watch her literally deteriorate.
This movie doesn't move as slowly as you would expect. In fact, it has a pretty steady tone and is so full of suspense that it doesn't really give you a second to lose interest. Abigail Breslin and Arnold Schwarzenegger do a phenomenal job. If you really want to watch Arnold act then check this out. This movie delivers the gore pretty well too. You get a lot of really nasty looking zombie stuff mixed with some heavy emotional scenes. It's a trip. Not to mention how wonderfully shot this movie is. Seriously, it's pretty.
I completely advocate for this movie. It's the best zombie movie of 2015, so far. And it's definitely not the type of movie you picture when you hear about a Schwarzenegger zombie film. However, it does a really good job. This movie focuses on the emotional side of the zombie outbreak. The zombies featured are not quick-moving ninja zombies. These are the slow shuffling type. It's not incredibly scary so don't add this to any playlists for Halloween. Instead, throw this movie on during a stormy night with your significant other. It's perfect for that.
- Chloë Grace Moretz and Paddy Considine were originally going to star.
This is Arnold Schwarzenegger's second horror film. The first being End of Days.