Maggie Bluray Movie Review

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Maggie

Bluray + Digital HD

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Released By: Lionsgate Films

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Synopsis:

“Arnold Schwarzenegger, Academy Award Nominee Abigail Breslin, and Joely Richardson star in this post-apocalyptic thriller set against the backdrop of a deadly epidemic. As the nation reels from a lethal virus that turns it’s victims into zombies, Wade’s (Schwarznegger) daughter Maggie (Breslin) has been infected. Now, as Maggie’s condition worsens Wade will stop at nothing to protect her from the authorities seeking to kill her to eradicate the virus.”

My Review:

Maggie tells the story of a loving father who is trying to deal with the fact that his daughter is infected, and dying from a deadly virus. As things worsen, he tries to figure out what path he should take and how to go about the inevitable. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to see this film at the Tribeca Film Festival. Once the credits rolled, I knew that it was going to be very debatable, and hit or miss with a lot of people. For starters, when people heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to be in a zombie movie, a slow burning drama is not what they were expecting. If you did not know what you were getting into, you were expecting another action packed movie, featuring one of the biggest action stars of our time. That is NOT what this film is about. This film is in fact a very slow paced drama, in which I happen to love. One of my favorite things to see is a typecast actor break out of his mold, and give a fantastic performance. Schwarzenegger did just that as you can physically see the pain, suffering, and confusion for what was happening, and what was to come for his daughter. As the film goes on, you really start to feel for his character. Now, I’m a big fan of the typical zombie movies but it was a breath of fresh air to see a different take on the genre. I won’t go so far and say that the movie is perfect because it definitely has it’s flaws. Some of the scenes were way too long, and could’ve been cut much shorter to make it better, and have the same affect. If it happened once or twice I wouldn’t have minded as much but it happened often throughout the film, making it feel like it was a over 2 hours, when in fact it was only 1 hour and 35 minutes. Aside from that, nothing else really stood out in my mind aside from the eye blinding flashlight scene. With all of that said, it wasn’t enough to change my mind about the film. Unfortunately, I think that for the majority it is going to be very expectation based. Personally, I feel that it’s very underrated and if people would go into it watching this with an open mind, they’d really enjoy it. It has become one of my favorite films of the year. As far as the Picture and Audio quality on the Bluray, it’s incredible. The scenic shots, mixed with the score really pull you into the film, making it that much better. Overall, I highly recommend everyone checking it out.

Special Features:

“Making Maggie” Featurette

Director’s Commentary

Cast/Crew Interviews

Deleted Scene

Trailer Gallery

Overall Rating:

8 out of 10 Stars

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