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 most of the globe is 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.
Directed by: Henry Hobson
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Douglas M. Griffin, Rachel Whitman Groves, Jodie Moore
Screenplay by: John Scott 3
Production Design by: Gabor Norman
Cinematography by: Lukas Ettlin
Film Editing by: Jane Rizzo
Costume Design by: Claire Breaux
Set Decoration by: Ryan Martin Dwyer
Music by: David Wingo
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including bloody images, and some language,
Studio: Lionsgate Films, Roadside Attractions
Release Date: May 8, 2015