We’ve seen the trailer for Maggie, in which Abigail Breslin plays a young girl who is slowly becoming a zombie, and it looks like a pretty good.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is in it. He plays her dad. You know how this goes—daddy loves his daughter (there is an absent/dead mother in the story as well, so the father-daughter bond is also a vow), and it breaks his heart to see her become something inhuman. But can he do the right thing before she goes full-blown zombie on him? Can he turn her in to the authorities to be quarantined or, to be more efficient about it, simply kill her?
Those are some questions the audience will likely ponder. As well as this one: Why is Arnold Schwarzenegger in this movie? Arnold Schwarzenegger is in it, but it’s not an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Bryan Cranston, Liam Neeson, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Bruce Willis—this looks like a role that any number of Hollywood actors could have taken on.
We’re not saying Schwarzenegger does a bad job—and the trailer in fact quotes a source that say he does a great job—we’re just not sure how he was picked to be in a movie that doesn’t appear to have been written with him in mind. Maybe there’s more ass-kicking than the trailer lets on. Maybe there’s an “If it bleeds, we can kill it” moment or two. We know so little at this point; the trailer just went online yesterday, and the official site maggiethefilm.com isn’t giving away any secrets.
Maggie looks like it might be a really good movie—whether that presumed goodness happens despite Arnold Schwarzenegger or because of him, well, we’ll just have to wait and see.