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Maggie (2015) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin
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Maggie (2015) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin

Synopsis of Maggie

When a deadly zombie virus sweeps the nation, a father will stop at nothing to save his infected daughter — Maggie. This post-apocalyptic thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin.


Doctor: Mr. Bowman, I wouldn’t normally release someone with this type of infection. I need you to follow the rules here. Quarantine is eight weeks in. She’s probably going to show more signs of aggression and hunger. When that happens, say your goodbyes and get her straight into quarantine.

The title character, Maggie, played wonderfully by Abigail Breslin

Maggie is the most touching father-daughter zombie movie that I’ve ever seen. That sounds really silly. But it’s not. Maggie is set in a world where there’s a zombie infection spreading relentlessly. And, a loving father’s 16-year-old daughter has been infected. Slowly, she’s changing. And the father is willing to do anything to keep her safe. He truly loves her …. And he’s truly helpless. The disease is relentless. And bit by bit, his daughter is getting closer to death.

Arnold Swarzenegger as the loving, helpless father in "Maggie"

The performances are wonderful. For people who’ve forgotten: Arnold Schwarzenegger is a talented actor when he wants to be. And he clearly wants to be, here. And the actress playing his daughter, Abigail Breslin, delivers a wonderful, compelling performance as well.

It’s truly touching. And, truly heart-breaking. It makes me think of the real-life story of parents with a deadly disease. Whether leukemia, cancer, or something else. The disease is relentless in its’ progress. It doesn’t care. And the father brings Maggie home to spend some final time with her family. Before the end.

Towards the end

Caroline: Wade, please, just call them. It’s time now. She has to go in.
Wade Vogel: What if it was Molly or Bobby?
Caroline: After everything that we’ve been through, you still think it’s about that? I’ve loved her like she was my own but she’s not her anymore. Wade, please!

Towards the end, there’s a frightening moment … That turns sweet, and heartbreaking. I won’t spoil it for you. But I will encourage you to watch it for yourself.

Maggie saying goodbye to her father


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) … Wade Vogel. The loving father, who’s helpless to save his daughter.
  • Abigail BreslinMaggie Vogel. The infected daughter, losing her humanity day by day.
  • Joely Richardson (101 Dalmations) … Caroline Vogel. Maggie’s loving stepmother. In addition to loving Maggie and her husband, she’s also protective of her other, uninfected children.

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