Go­ing Go­ing Gone Girl

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Re­views -

re­leased 23 Novem­ber 2015 | 15 | blu-ray/dvd

Direc­tor Henry Hob­son

Cast arnold sch­warzeneg­ger, abi­gail

bres­lin, Joely richard­son

Zom­bies have been a bigscreen sta­ple since Night Of The Liv­ing Dead, but 47 years later walk­ing corpses are more pop­u­lar than ever. Nat­u­rally, the un­dead del­uge is forc­ing film­mak­ers to be a bit more ex­per­i­men­tal.

In down­beat drama Mag­gie, Arnie plays dad to a daugh­ter in­fected with a zom­bie virus. Rather than brain the teen on sight, the au­thor­i­ties al­low him to take Mag­gie back home, where she can live out her fi­nal weeks.

De­spite the pres­ence of “necroam­bu­lists”, Mag­gie has more in com­mon with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness weepie than The Walk­ing Dead, al­beit one that keeps its emo­tions ad­mirably low-key. It’s heavy go­ing, and Bres­lin does a su­perb job sell­ing the plight of a young woman whose body is be­tray­ing her. Arnie plays it straight, but doesn’t have the emo­tional range the role re­quires, sulk­ing around with a per­pet­ual frown.

The world is prob­lem­atic too. It’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a post­zom­bie so­ci­ety be­ing this civilised, let alone the in­fec­tious min­gling with healthy folk. With its muted colour palette and slow march to doom it isn’t much fun to watch, and is never quite af­fect­ing enough to make the mis­ery worth­while.

Ex­tras Direc­tor’s com­men­tary, “Mak­ing Mag­gie” fea­turette, one deleted scene, in­ter­views and trail­ers. Jor­dan Far­ley

At $8.6 mil­lion, Mag­gie is the low­est bud­get movie Arnie has starred in since The Ter­mi­na­tor (which cost $6.4 mil­lion).

“It’s okay, I didn’t un­der­stand Genisys ei­ther.”

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