In her much-anticipated foray into the horror-thriller genre, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling stars in THE PRODIGY as Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles' disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must choose between her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles and a desperate need to investigate what or who is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality becomes frighteningly blurry.
The now infamous scene at the end of the first trailer, along with other scenes, had to be re-edited for test audiences due to their intense scare factor. See more »
You took my son's soul... you can't have his body
[is suddenly shot by a farmer]
[pretending to be scared]
She was going to kill me
No... no... no
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Towards the end of the credits we hear a possessed Miles humming Scarka's French lullaby. See more »
I don't know about you, but one more 'whoops my kid is possessed' flick and I'm about to scream. I ended up seeing this one and I was in for a treat. Not only did I like the start of this film, bringing me back to 70's and 80's gritty slasher classics - it also intrigued me; 'what am I in for?' The film contains thriller and horror elements, it feels like a blend. The cast is solid and Taylor Schilling and Jackson Robert Scott especially were a great match. The biggest and for me personally most annoying cliché ('my kid would NEVER do that' / insert surprised face emoji) is pretty much avoided here, and that gives it a genuine feel plus a hurrah from me. Director Nicholas McCarthy included a couple of very nice shots. The dark introduction scene and the wide shot of Miles in Halloween outfit felt to me like classic horror scenes and make you wonder 'what is going on?' I would like to see McCarthy also try something a little less supernatural with more character depth. In this case especially, I was interested in learning more about the main character and their motivation. Overall, I enjoyed it! A sequel could be good, but only with young Scott back in the game and more background information revealed...
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