In the new zombie movie Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t playing an action hero who tries to save world from the undead by spraying them with machine gun fire and bashing in their deteriorating brains. Instead, he stars as a doting dad who has just one goal: He wants to protect his zombified daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) at all costs.
Slash Film recently shared the plot synopsis for Maggie, which you can read below.
“There’s a deadly zombie epidemic threatening humanity, but Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a small-town farmer and family man, refuses to accept defeat even when his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) becomes infected. As Maggie’s condition worsens and the authorities seek to eradicate those with the virus, Wade is pushed to the limits in an effort to protect her. Joely Richardson co-stars in this post-apocalyptic thriller.”
It looks like Maggie really strives to stand out from the action-packed zombie flicks that moviegoers are used to. Instead of focusing on scary zombie hordes, it’s going to hone in on two humans who are struggling with a horrific reality — one of them is about to lose his daughter, and the other is about to lose her humanity. You can check out the trailer for Maggie below.
The trailer’s voiceover reveals that Maggie wants to protect her father just as much as he wants to protect her. She says that she wants him to stay away, but yet the father and daughter just can’t let each other suffer alone. It looks more like a compelling family drama than a horror movie or action film.
In a recent Facebook post, Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged that Maggie challenged him to step out of his action hero comfort zone.
“I’m really proud of my new film, ‘Maggie.’ This is the most human zombie film you’ve ever seen, and it’s the most human role you’ve ever seen me take on. My co-star, Abigail Breslin, is absolutely incredible in the title role, and our director, Henry Hobson, made a beautiful film.”
Maggie will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival next, and it will have a limited release on May 8. According to the Los Angeles Times, it will be released on-demand on the same day.
Many fans of The Walking Dead TV series claim to enjoy it so much because of its focus on how the zombie apocalypse affects the show’s characters. Viewers have seen beloved characters die and become zombified, but their transformations usually take place fairly quickly. However, it looks like Abigail Breslin is very slowly losing her humanity in Maggie. It would be interesting to see a TV series about this type of zombie, but instead fans of the undead are just getting a Walking Dead spinoff.
What do you think of the trailer for Maggie? Does it look promising, or do you prefer your zombie movies to be a little more creepy and action-packed?