Yes, Maggie is another zombie film, but no it is not our usual run and gun film, killing anything not human and trying to avoid becomig one of the horde.
Maggie Vogel, a teenage girl infected by a disease that slowely turns its victims into canabalistic zombies. Played with deep emotion, and subtle nuances by Abigail Breslin, this is a character dealing with so many emotions, on a great many levels.
Her father, Wade has just as much emotion to deal with, what with having too deciide when he might send his daughter in to the government quarentine, and how best to protect the rest of his family from what Maggie will eventually become. Action man Arnold Schwartzenegger tones down his usual character traits, and brings a dramatic touch to his acting.
The film does focus closely on the loving relationship between father and daughter, choosing to keep connections between other characters more in the background, as we follow the sad progression of Maggie’s infection, often with her taking us along as she plots selfless acts to save her family from some drastic decisions, and the impending danger of what she is to become.
While Maggie is not your average zombie film, there is a tension that steadily builds as the story progresses, between characters, as we empathise with Maggie herself, as of course waiting for one or more of the turned infected to appear and wreck havoc on the living.
The film is a please change from the usual run, hide and fight of the genre, and is sure to touch the heart of even the most hardend zombie fighting audience.
Maggie is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.
Video is encoded at a high bitrate, meaning there are no visible artefacts on screen. The image is crisp and stable, especially given the chosen colour grade of the film, with many subdued tones that fit in with the mood fo the story.
Those with the necessary hardware or software can upscale to a larger or higher definition screen should they wish.
Sound is presented in a 5.1 soundtrack, which adds to the feel of the film, and further draws the viewer in. While there are no hectic action sequences, it does serve to expand the on-screen world, and leave the viewer anticipating, letting the mind play it’s own games while waiting for something to happen.
Navigation is simple, and static, but easy to use, saving space on the disc for the main feature film, instead of using this for fancy menu video when space on a DVD is at such a premium.
There are no b0nus features on the disc, save for a few previews at the beginning.