The world has seen no shortage of zombie films, covering countless scenarios meant to torment observers with chilling and monstrous scenes. Maggie is not that sort of film at all. While chilling, director Henry Hobson has delivered a film that focuses far more on the emotional reality of slow decay, of the tragic horror that awaits the victim of the disease rather than the victims of what the afflicted shall become.
Premise: A teenage girl is infected by an outbreak of a zombie-creating disease that takes months to fully incubate. This is the story of her descent into death. Result: A relatively powerful, nuanced film that while not particularly energizing, makes most of the right moves.
In the midst of a scourged Midwest at the center of what appears to be a global pandemic, we have Maggie (Abigail Breslin),a young girl who was somehow or other bitten by one of these creatures afflicted with what is known as the NecroAmbulance Virus. It is a truly saddening ordeal that afflicts her, her father Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger), her step mother Caroline (Joely Richardson), her friends and all those around her.
A young girl bitten. We have seen it all before…but arguably not like this.