Going Going Gone Girl
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.”