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MAGGIE

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  95 minutes, audio commentary, featurette, deleted scene, cast and crew interviews, theatrical trailer, previews

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Lionsgate/ Grindstone Entertainment Group/ Roadside Attractions

RELEASE DATE: 7-7-2015

Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been searching for his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) and he finds her when she is infected by a zombie virus which will turn her within a matter of weeks.  He is allowed to take her home so he can say his goodbyes as long as he brings her in when it is time, but he has made a promise (to his first wife) to protect his daughter.  As her condition worsens, Maggie fights against the nature of the virus while Wade wants to protect her and not do what is needed when there is no cure for the virus.

 

MAGGIE is a more personal story than your traditional zombie movie as it focuses on a family drama about how each member within a family unit (the father, the stepmother, and the infected daughter) deals with it.   It is a world that is controlling the spread of the virus, but it is also a world where family members find it hard to part with a loved one when they are infected.   Arnold Schwarzenegger manages to show the struggle and pain of a father while Maggie has to deal with what she may have to do (if her father can’t do it) as she spends some time with her friends after she is finished moping around in her bedroom.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The director’s audio commentary compares the movie to a Shakespeare tragedy

 

MAKING MAGGIE is a making-of featurette which has interviews with cast and crew, behind-the-scenes footage, and clips from the movie.

Interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, the director, and the screenwriter, but you want to watch the movie first since the interviews are very spoilerish.  Arnold has the most to say in his interview as it is over twenty minutes as every other individual interview is five to eight minutes each

 

Rounding out the extras is the theatrical trailer, previews for other releases from Lionsgate, and a code to download and stream a digital HD ultraviolet copy of MAGGIE.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  if you’re looking for an interpersonal drama instead of your usual hunt zombies (or be attacked by them), MAGGIE is your kind of movie.  It offers a different spin on the zombie movie.

 

This review is 7-22-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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