The Prodigy Review

The Prodigy Review
The Prodigy Review Darryl Linington
Entertainment Factor
Grab some popcorn, tightly.
User Rating: 7.8 (2 votes)

Sarah (Taylor Schilling) and John Blume (Peter Mooney) are ecstatic when their young son Miles (Jackson Robert Scott) starts to show signs of quick development and extreme intelligence. While this seems to be a blessing, it quickly turns into a living nightmare as Miles begins to show increasingly erratic and violent behaviour by his eighth birthday. While Miles cannot remember or explain some of the horrific things he has done, Sarah desperately attempts to find help in order to establish just what is wrong with Miles. With the help of Arthur Jacobson (Colm Feore), they learn that Miles may be under the grip of a dark and supernatural force.

Without spoiling the film too much, The Prodigy features a plot that is both intriguing and full of twist and turns that have been cleverly implemented in order to keep the viewer engaged. It is also a film that is genuinely scary and had me at the edge of my seat for most of its duration. The film tends to play with you psychologically and also offers up a few rather intense jump scares. While most horror movies aim for a shock factor, The Prodigy builds up tension and releases it in such a way that it sticks with you for some time after watching the film. This is the aim of most horror movies; however, The Prodigy gets it right where other films have failed. I, personally, had the film’s most frightening parts stick with me for a day or two after watching the film, which is something that it should be applauded for.

In terms of acting, Jackson Robert Scott plays his role perfectly with the rest of the cast following suit. This can be seen in various scenes where he has to switch from sweet innocent child to supernaturally possessed demon child.

For fans of horror, The Prodigy is well worth a watch. It’s genuinely scary and it throws a few twists and turns at the viewer that they would not expect. There is a lot of room here for a sequel, which the end of film sets up perfectly.

Cast: Jackson Robert Scott, Taylor Schilling, Peter Mooney, Colm Feore
Director: Nicholas McCarthy

By: Darryl Linington
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