Maggieis a 2015 post-apocalyptic drama film directed by Henry Hobson, written by John Scott III, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger , Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson .Maggieis the second horror -themed film to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, the first beingEnd of Days(1999).
, but Lionsgate bought the American distribution rights and pulled the film out of the festival's roster.It instead premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2015, as part of their lineup,followed by a limited theatrical release and simultaneous VOD release on May 8, 2015.
Maggie Vogel ( Abigail Breslin ) is calling her father; she's trapped in the city as a curfew is in effect. She urges him not to come looking for her, and she tells him she loves him. Although many around the globe are plagued by the Necroambulist virus, which turns people into zombies , the majority of society continues to function. Farmers burn their fields and crops to prevent further contamination. Maggie's father Wade ( Arnold Schwarzenegger ) goes to search for his daughter. Maggie is taken by armed officials and placed in quarantine at the hospital with other infected people. She has a bite wound on her arm, and the infection is going to gradually spread throughout her body. Wade is allowed to take Maggie home to settle her affairs until the virus progresses to the point where she must be quarantined. On the trip back, they stop at a store for Maggie to get sunglasses. Wade encounters a zombie and breaks its neck.
Wade brings Maggie home to his wife/Maggie's stepmother Caroline ( Joely Richardson ) and her siblings Bobby and Molly (Aidan and Carsen Flowers). The children are sent to stay with their aunt until Maggie's issue is dealt with. She talks to Bobby, who more or less knows what's going to happen to her. Wade burns his field while Maggie stays in her room, trying to contact her friends and attempting to ignore her situation. One afternoon, she accidentally cuts her finger, which oozes black fluid. Fearing the worst, Maggie cuts off the finger and throws it in the garbage disposal. She retreats outside where she and Wade find a man named Nathan and his daughter Julia, both completely transformed by the infection. Wade kills Nathan with a hatchet, and Maggie runs away to Caroline before she sees what Wade does to Julia. Wade feels extreme remorse for what he has to do, though nobody blames him (the sheriffs who respond to the call reinforce the idea that Wade is not at fault and that his actions are necessary), but they do remind him of what he'll have to do with Maggie when the time comes. Wade receives a visit on his front porch during the night from the wife/mother of the zombies, Bonnie, who regrets not leaving her husband and daughter locked up, but also did not trust having them quarantined, as the doctors treated Julia like a test subject and not a person.
Wade sees a doctor who gives him three options on what to do with Maggie. He can take her to quarantine immediately, which he refuses to do. Or, he can give her the "cocktail" injection given in quarantine, permitting her to die at home, although the doctor notes that this would be extremely painful. The third option is to "make it quick". Wade decides to make the most of his last days with Maggie. They bond together, making fun of Caroline's cooking and talking about Maggie's biological mother.
Maggie's friend Allie visits and invites her to hang out with friends. They gather around a bonfire, along with a boy named Trent (Bryce Romero), who is also infected. He says he would blow his brains out if he needed to. Maggie spends some alone time with Trent, which culminates in a kiss. At the end of the night, Allie brings Maggie home, and Allie cries alone in her car. Maggie's eyes begin to lose color, and she claims to smell food when Caroline denies there being any sort of smell. She then goes to Trent's home to find his father holding a gun at Trent's bedroom door. The boy knows it's time for him to be quarantined, but he refuses to come out. Maggie tries talking to him as the authorities enter the house and forcibly take Trent away.
Maggie's condition deteriorates. She goes into the woods and encounters a small fox. She later runs back into her home with her face caked in blood. Maggie mentions the fox to her parents. Wade goes into the woods and finds the fox in pain, and he shoots it. Caroline urges Wade to call the authorities in to take Maggie away. A couple of officers do show up later, but Wade fights one of them. Maggie comes in and assures them that she is fine so that they won't take her away. Wade takes Maggie to a garden that belonged to her mother where she planted white daisies. It is the last thing that Wade can show her to make her feel some sort of peace. He tells her that she is not going anywhere.
Maggie is almost completely zombified. Wade sits in the living room with his shotgun, not ready to use it. Maggie walks downstairs, her skin grey and her eyes blackened. She sees her father "sleeping", holding the gun. She goes to him and kisses his forehead a last time. She then goes to the roof of the house and thinks about her mother. Maggie jumps off the roof, and the last thing she appears to see is herself as a child frolicking through the flowers with her mother before finally picking a daisy.