[REVIEW] Maggie (2015) – ManlyMovie

[REVIEW] Maggie (2015)


So this is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s smaller companion piece to his bigger effort this year (Terminator: Genisys).  Since his return to cinema, he’s been kinda pushing an elephant up the stairs.  Times have moved on quite a bit since the early ’00s and he has to work harder to retain his former status – his return has not set the world on fire, with his best appearance since 2003 being in Escape Plan.  But even that was a two-hander, with Sylvester Stallone carrying part of the load.  Here, he’s trying something different.  The fact that this is a smaller feature allows room for experimentation.  The plan here was for Schwarzenegger to woo the socks off the people who have moved on by doing something bold – acting his way back to repute.

The story in theory offers good foundations for that tactic – a mid western father shelters his terminal daughter, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse (mostly beyond the reach and perimeter of the secluded ranch).  Father and daughter endure the slow turning into the undead.  Maggie is a sleepy and often disengaging movie.  It isn’t bad, just incredibly uneventful and I would say a movie that would cater more to the female demographic than a typical reader of this site.  At it’s worst it’s a bad day at Dawson’s Creek, with juvenile angst quick sanding us into frustration.  In its better moments we see a totally different side of Schwarzenegger, calling on decades of experience and intuition to put in a career-best performance.

At one point, Schwarzenegger sheds a tear, something I’ve never seen him do before.  And I respect and commend him for doing it, something that reminds me in multiple ways of Sylvester Stallone’s turn in Cop Land, where he went the understated route and put on extra pounds.  I’m man enough to try other things, that was the message.  Abigail Breslin (the little girl from ‘Signs’) plays the daughter, giving an extremely impressive performance.  Natural and in touch with sombre gravity of the character’s situation.  She is featured slightly more than Schwarzenegger, title role after all, so her woes as a female are explored more.  Which is why females might dig this more, you could get away with taking your girlfriend to the movie, especially if you’re an Arnold fan.

But this movie, overall, is slow, dreary and kind of depressing.  It’s kind of rote, it refuses to move, with concrete-stiff pacing.  Even at 97 minutes or so it feels like chewing tough old meat too often.  It’s an average movie, interesting in its own way, but I wouldn’t recommend rushing out to catch this.



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    May 8, 2015 at 7:56 pm

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  2. Mainline DnB

    May 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I think he shed a tear in Peter Hyams’ End Of Days at one point, pretty sure of it. There were numerous moments in that film where you could see he was really trying to show off his acting chops, especially having to go head-to-head with actors like Gabriel Byrne & Rod Steiger. He has nothing to prove to me, just a shame he left it way too long to try it again.

    • Mucho Macho

      May 8, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      No lie..his final scene in Predator.
      the score,plus Arnold in the chopper all fucked up & the camera zooms in his eyes.
      To me that was an emotional manly moment in 1 of the manliest movies of all damn time

      • Jacob Phillips

        May 9, 2015 at 1:55 am

        that’s a good ending right there. I recently watched ‘The Making of Predator 2’ and Gary Busey said that, according to the backstory, Dutch was killed on another mission shortly after the events in Predator, for me that gives the shot added poigniancy.

        • Mucho Macho

          May 9, 2015 at 3:18 am

          *To me..Dutch Lives!
          @ least in our hearts👍
          I think originally at 1 point Arnold was suppose to star. I think the plan was originally to have Dutch be the gary busey character. Dutch had become obsessed with finding out and catching these alien creatures that killed his friends .
          but he changed his mind & didnt do it

    • The Night Rider

      May 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      You’re right. Been so long since I watched End of Days. I wonder if it has aged well, never really dug it to be honest.

  3. Dave Lloyd

    May 9, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Just because its Arnie, does not give you the best mindset to give this film an impartial review. Its not an action movie, so complaining about its lack of action is a moot point.
    Its like listening to Cosmo’s opinion of Rambo.

    • Manly Movie

      May 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

      There is no complaint of lack of action in the review.

  4. Dave Lloyd

    May 9, 2015 at 10:09 am

    ‘Slow, dreary, refuses to move with lack of pacing’ . That is relating it to lack of action.
    It is a character piece. The fact you didnt like the character of the lead girl is subjective. You acknowledge it is well made and with career best dramatic performance for Arnie.
    That sounds like better than a 6 to me, the only explanation for a lower score is by judging it by criteria it never set out to meet.