Zombie drama. So this takes place in a universe where the zombie apocalypse has taken place, but it is reasonably contained. This story focuses on the relationship between a father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his daughter (Abigail Breslin), as she slowly succumbs to being undead, given that she has been bitten. If you are going to take the time to watch this, you should have your expectations in check. If you were to read the plot synopsis and see that it stars Schwarzenegger, you may start to think that this is something that involves a lot of zombie killing action. While there is featured here to an extent, this is much more of a father daughter disease drama more than anything else. That’s what the movie hinges on, and it is also the most compelling angle to this story.
If you walk into this expecting something like Predator or Commando with zombies, you should prepare to be sorely disappointed.
While I did enjoy this, I do not think this is perfect by any means. For one thing, the zombie logic is not on point. The slow turn time just seems like an excuse to put people in a dangerous situation. Of course if it is a loved one, people are not going to be making the soundest of decisions; making the call when it is time to cut ties when the infected starts to turn should be a no brainer, but I suppose that is the nature of the subgenre. Because this takes place in a universe where there hasn’t been any movies about the zombie apocalypse, and because the entirety of the audience exists in a universe where zombies are rapidly approaching a saturation point (I don’t even care about anything that happens on The Walking Dead anymore), it’s a little frustrating when people make decisions that are counterproductive to survival, i.e. bringing a soon-to-be zombie into your home.
This plays more like a cancer movie than it does a zombie movie, which is appropriate, because Abigail Breslin has some experience with the ilk from My Sister’s Keeper. The acting is strong enough, and the relationship is this movie’s strong suit. There are a couple of tender spots right in the middle that really goes a long way to elevating this material. It’s also very earnest, which also helps the film as well. I am of the opinion that zombies need to go away for about 5 – 7 years, because I’m just not enjoying these movies as much as I used to. I never really formed a strong connection with this one, but for what it’s worth, it’s perfectly watchable.
Maggie (2015) ***
– Critic for Hire