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The Prodigy

A mother concerned about her son's disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.

 

United States
Canada
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Child Film
Trickster: 
Impostor
6
It kids you not!
5.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Performances
Pace
Plot
A horror movie about a dangerous child? Sure! Tell me more... So, this is nothing like 1993’s The Good Son, right? It’s also nothing like 1992’s Mikey, either? Well, Miles Blume, played by child actor Jackson Robert Scott, doesn’t fuck around. He’s the real thing. Twenty minutes in, he bashes another kid’s skull in. After thirty-five minutes, he hits on his own mother, played by Taylor Schilling.
This film will send shivers down your spine for all sorts of reasons, but it won’t reinvent the wheel. It’s just another horror film about an evil kid. We’ve seen this movie. We’ve seen it too many times, just not with that level of quality. That supernatural angle, though, it sure adds a layer of mystery. We’re dealing with a possessed kid, which becomes obvious in the second half.
Director Nicholas McCarthy and screenwriter Jeff Buhler have worked on more interesting projects. They’re really just sharpening their teeth, here. This is paint-by-numbers, but it’s a little more than you’d expect from this subgenre. Crazy kid; a mother’s worst nightmare. It’s worth a watch, it might catch you off guard, but it’s probably not one you’ll revisit often.
Alternate Titles: 
Descendant
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