Director: Henry Hobson
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
As the nation reels from a lethal virus that turns its victims into zombies, Wade’s (Schwarzenegger) daughter Maggie (Breslin) has been infected. Now, as Maggie’s condition worsens, Wade will stop at nothing to protect her from the authorities seeking to kill her to eradicate the virus.
After weeks of searching to no avail amid an expanding virus which slowly turns those infected into zombie-like creatures, Wade (Schwarzenegger) finally locates his daughter Maggie (Breslin) who has recently become infected by the virus. With limited time remaining to spend together, Wade takes Maggie home, fearing the unknown point at which the virus spreads and the authorities come to collect her in order to place her in quarantine. As Maggie’s symptoms begin to worsen and the virus slowly begins to claim her, Wade refuses to let her go and will stop at nothing to prevent the authorities from taking care, but this leaves the troubling decision he himself will be forced to make once that transformation is complete.
Henry Hobson makes his feature film directorial debut with ‘Maggie’ from a script by first time writer John Scott 3 and Hobson does a very capable job at the helm, guiding this emotionally gripping zombie tale with apparent easy and always choosing the best possible shots and shooting techniques to result in the viewer being fully immersed into the world of these characters during this troubling time. The film also owes a great deal to the magnificent performances from Arnold Schwarzenegger (in one of his best performances to date) and Abigail Breslin (absolutely stellar in the title role).
‘Maggie’ is quite simply one of the best zombie movies of recent years. In today’s world where zombies are everywhere and so many film and television efforts simply rehash the same tired elements time and again, out comes ‘Maggie’ which brings to the table a surprisingly emotional and refreshingly original zombie tale. Focusing on emotion and the characters’ struggles as opposed to the violence and wrath of the undead corpses roaming was unquestionably the best route they could have gone, and the emotionally gripping nature of this story gets through beautifully thanks to the talented individuals working both behind and in front of the camera. ‘Maggie’ definitely comes highly recommended; it’s certainly well worth a rental at the very least.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Maggie’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great as a whole, delivering a sharp and detailed presentation throughout without any notable faults to be found within neither small nor large. It holds up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit sequences throughout and never results in anything occurring on screen to become indiscernible. Overall, this is a very solid high definition video presentation that should easily please the majority of folks out there.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds wonderful and is also surprisingly active, utilizing all five available channels more commonly than not in order to surround the viewer with the films score in addition to a number of natural sound elements such as consistent thunder and the like which perfectly helps to accentuate the mood of the film, while never causing any dialogue that may be occurring simultaneously to become negatively affected or inaudible. Overall, this 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers in every possible way and beautifully complements this moving film.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Maggie’ includes a number of solid extras; included on the release is an Audio Commentary with Director Henry Hobson, in addition to a Behind the Scenes Featurette titled simply ‘Making Maggie’ which runs approximately 18 minutes in length and features comments and input on the film from Henry Hobson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and more. We are also treated to Interviews with director Henry Hobson (8 minutes), writer John Scott 3 (7 minutes), actor/producer Arnold Schwarzenegger (20 minutes) and actresses Abigail Breslin (7 minutes) and Joely Richardson (8 minutes). A ‘Deleted Scene’ (approximately 2 minutes) and the Trailer for the film are also included.