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For a movie that deals with the possession of a young boy, it’s ironic that “The Prodigy” feels like a hollow shell once housed by far better horror films. Taking a familiar tale and bringing nothing new to the table, this Orion Pictures release is in desperate need of some sort of entity that will breathe even the slightest bit of life into it. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy, Orion appears to be doubling down on “Child’s Play” nostalgia given they’re releasing the upcoming 2019 reboot and given how much “The Prodigy” borrows a substantial amount from the original Chucky outing. This uninspired horror about a family and their murderous 8-year-old is a bland and boring amalgamation of “Child’s Play,” “The Omen,” and strangely enough, a pinch of “The Book of Henry” (yikes).
Miles (Jackson Robert Scott) is a young boy who shows signs of a genius intellect and sinister behavior. Fearing not only for her son but her family as a whole, his mother Sarah (Taylor Schilling) seeks assistance from a therapist who specializes in the supernatural and soon discovers Miles has been overtaken by a dark entity. Sarah is forced to reckon with protecting her son whatever it takes, but at what cost?
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As the marketing suggests, the biggest question “The Prodigy” poses is “What’s Wrong With Miles,” and from the opening, which feels oddly edited like a trailer rather than a film, it’s made abundantly clear where the story is going and what exactly ails this young boy. It’s with that in mind that once its secrets are revealed that ‘’Prodigy’ completely plateaus and shows the audience that there truly isn’t much of a story to tell. The film is merely going through the motions of a typical possessed child (or doll) horror story lacking any...
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