Release Date: May 8th.
Written by: Henry Hobson.
Directed by: John Scott III.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, and Joely Richardson.
After seeing Maggie on Friday night, I came home to write up the review... and couldn't do it. Maggie had drained me of my energy, and no matter how hard I tried, the words just weren't coming. In that way, creativity sucks; when it's working, it flows like a waterfall, but when it isn't, it's like looking for a drink of water in the middle of a desert. It's just not there. Especially when you've had the life sucked out of you by a heartbreaking movie like this one! I'm only human, after all! Gah!
Ahem. All of that is to say that while Maggie is a great movie, it will most likely leave you feeling drained too. So prepare yourselves.
Walking Dead-like scenario; The Government has set up Quarantine Zones to house the infected, to keep them from infecting others and possibly ending humanity.
|YEP, SHE'S READY TO GO.|
|NO! ARNOLD DOES NOT CRY!|
This isn't a movie of plot twists, and its not one of big action scenes. This is a movie about loss, and letting go. It's a drama, surrounded by some Horror elements, the most horrific of which ends up being heartbreak. This is the type of movie where you have a box of Kleenex handy, because if you're at all emotional, you're going to need them. More than likely, you'll need them a few times.
|YEAH, HE KILLS HER IN THE MOVIE.|
The real revelation here though, is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Everybody knows him, and everybody loves at least one or two of his movies, as he's one of the biggest action stars that has ever been, or ever will be. Here though, he goes to a place that I honestly can't recall him ever having gone to before; Arnold is humble in this one. Fragile. Broken. The guy made us feel things that we weren't expecting to feel, and the fact that he's an icon of Alpha Male toughness probably made it that much more impactful. We honestly never imagined him giving a performance like this, but we're endlessly glad that he did.
Abigail Breslin is great in this one too, but that's pretty much par for the course for her. She gets better with every new role she takes, and it's nice to see her go from being a cute kid star, to being a solid adult actress.
|THIS PICTURE IS AN EXCELLENT METAPHOR FOR THE ENTIRE MOVIE.|
|WASN'T HE SUPPOSED TO LOCK HER IN HER ROOM?|
|THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH US AFTER THE MOVIE.|
|SO SHE'S A MESSY EATER, STOP STARING AT HER!|
|YOU REALLY SHOULD JUST SNAP HER NECK BEFORE SHE EATS YOU.|
So is Maggie an A- or a B+? Both grades feel right to us, and we can't decide between them. In the end though, what really matters is that this is a great movie that begs to be seen, and you should see it.
Bring the Kleenex though. We weren't kidding about that part.
Maggie is available in Limited Theatrical release, and on VOD, now.
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