The Prodigy (2019) – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

The Prodigy (2019) - Title Card
77.78% (3)

The Prodigy barely meets the expectation of at least having quality jump scares, leaving you feeling disappointed in a multitude of ways.


Director(s)Nicholas McCarthy
Written ByJeff Buhler
Date Released2/8/2019
Genre(s)Horror
Good If You LikeVery Simple Horror Movies With A Few Jump Scares, Creepy Characters, And Just Enough Thrills To Justify A Matinee Ticket
Isn’t For You If YouThink That, Just Because A Movie Is In The Horror Genre, You Should Lower Your Standards

Creepy Kids Don’t Scare you

Don’t Lower Your Standards Because The Lead Actor Is A Kid And Only Has a Handful Of Film Credits

Noted Cast
MilesJackson Robert Scott
EdwardPaul Fauteux
Sarah              Taylor Schilling
JohnPeter Mooney
ArthurColm Feore
MargaretBrittany Allen

The Prodigy Plot Summary (Ending Explained on 2nd Page)

On August 22nd, 2010 Miles was born, and a man named Edward Scarka died. These two events happened within 15 minutes of one another. This allowed the man who killed nine women in 5 years to find his way, from Ohio, to the body of Miles in Pennsylvania. Now, at first, the only thing which shows them sharing a body are the two-colored eyes that Edward had. However, when Miles reaches 8, that is when Sarah and John begin to realize Miles isn’t like other boys. Not just because he is highly intelligent, a prodigy, but because he is capable of great violence. The kind which, if you believe the eccentric millionaire Arthur, can end if certain things are done.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. What exactly made Edward crazy and wanted to cut off women’s hands?

Criticism

Halfway In, You’ll Be Bored

Miles (Jackson Robert Scott) in Halloween makeup.
Miles (Jackson Robert Scott)

There really isn’t a lot done with Scott that makes him stand out from the many other psychotic children movies we’ve seen. And treading lightly, since the kid is only 10, I have to say it seemed like he wasn’t ready to be the focal point of a film. Unlike Isabelle Fuhrman in The Orphan or Jared Breeze in The Boy, Scott doesn’t stir you up and make it so a vasectomy or hysterectomy sounds like a good investment. If anything, what we get from Scott is something adequate, considering his young age handful of credits. However, the fear and unease the trailers and advertisements push don’t play out once the film is in progress.

On The Fence

The Occasional Scare

Which isn’t to say there aren’t around 4 or so jump scares, but they aren’t high-quality ones. They are your usual, nothing was there, and then something appears type scares. All of which provide cheap thrills but like most of the performances, nothing which will set this film apart.

Overall: Negative (Acquired Taste)| Purchase, Rent, Get Tickets, or Merchandise On (Fandango/ Amazon)

Even if you just look at this movie from an entertainment standpoint, never mind the performances and all that, The Prodigy doesn’t deliver. It rides the coattails of its predecessors and adds nothing to the legacy of The Exorcist and other films which feature evil children who descend into madness. Which is why this is being rated negative. Maybe for huge horror fans, they could still get a kick out of The Prodigy. However, if that doesn’t describe you, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

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