IMDB Rating: 5.7
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin
Plot: After a couple of weeks seeking out his teenage daughter Maggie, Wade finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Maggie has been infected by a lethal outbreak that transforms the victim into a zombie. Wade’s friend Dr. Vern Kaplan releases Maggie to spend her last days with Wade and her family. Her stepmother Caroline asks Wade to take their little kids to her sister’s house to keep them safe. While Maggie is slowly transformed, Wade stays with her protecting Maggie. But Dr. Vern warns him that the moment that he will have to take an ultimate decision is closer.
Review: A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
Big Arny is back… Maggie tells the story of how a teenage girl is infected by a virus and gradually changes into a zombie. Although this has been classified as horror, I would not put it as such. There is the odd two or three “flashback” scenes that Maggie (Abigail Breslin) has during the film which shows how she caught the virus, but even those scenes are more or less a ‘flash” of a few seconds and not really deemed as “horror”.
Wade (Arny) is the father of Maggie. His little girl has been infected, and he makes it his duty to protect his girl no matter what. Whether that is from zombies or any militia that wants to cart her off to quarantine.
“Maggie” is a compelling drama to say the least, and is certainly different than the run of the mill horror/zombie flicks. If you take away the whole zombie element, this could have been any film about a teenager with a terminal illness. The only difference here being Maggie’s gradual desire for flesh.
Schwarzenegger’s performance is brilliant, and a completely different take on what we are used to seeing him act in. Breslin steals the show. Her performance as the teen suffering from the zombie virus was brilliant to say the least. Her fears, her emotions, her uncertainty, her feeling of being rejected by the unaffected… All captured wonderfully from her POV and the people she loves. Scenery – Fantastic.
This may be a different Arny flick from what you are used to seeing, but it is one film that is worth watching. Forget about the typical “shoot ‘em up” zombie-apocalyptic films you have seen in the past and watch this.
Verdict: Zombies from the humane perspective
My Rating: 8 out of 10.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the Terminator, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Conner, and Matt Smith as John Conner’s ally.
Look for the film in theatres July 1, 2015, via Paramount.
Escape Plan – 2013
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Amy Ryan. Sam Neill, Jim Caviezel, Vince Jones
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Plot: Ray Breslin is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He’s framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars.
Review: Escape Plan is a film that I watched with low expectations and ended up enjoying it. Admittedly, I expected the usual “80’s action heros” shooting up the place and blurting out terrible cliches. So I was quite surprized to see both the lead actors (Sly and Arny) portraying characters that were well defined and refreshing.
The theme of this movie is not new. We have seen it before in movies such as Fortress and Escape from Alcatraz, and TV shows as Prison Break.
In this action flick, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is a professional escape artist – he escapes from prisons for money in order to test their security. One day he gets an offer from the CIA to break from the world’s most secured “off the books” prison that holds some of the most dangerous prisoners in the world. Once there, Breslin realizes he’s been set up and discovers he’s trapped in a steel labyrinth designed specifically against his techniques of escape. With no possible help from the outside, he befriends and teams up with cunning inmate, Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and together the two of them plan to escape from the “inescapable” fortress.
This is a good action movie with a team up of two 1980’s Hollywood Heavyweights, Sylvester & Arnold. Jim Caviezel plays the evil warden, which I have to say is the best role I have seen him in since Passion Of The Christ. Amy Ryan is refreshing to see in a more serious role since The Office. While it was good to see Sam Neill in the role of the resident prison doctor, I was a little disappointed that he did not get more screen time, or even cast in the role as the Prison Warden.
If you love your 80’s action heros, then sit back, get into 80’s mode and watch this 🙂