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  Rated R · 92 minutes · 2019

Horror, Thriller
You know how sometimes your intellectually gifted 8-year-old son starts lashing out in violence? And how he also has a sudden liking for paprika and has been muttering in a foreign language in his sleep? And so you take him to the psychologist, and she's like, “Oh, he’s probably a reincarnated Hungarian psychopath”? Friend, The Prodigy has been in your shoes. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy, this dark, modestly-thrilling, not-too-gory horror entry stars Taylor Schilling as the mother and Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie in It) as young Miles, a bright lad who hit a classmate with a wrench. Dad’s in the picture too, but the movie has no use for him—which is unfortunate, because Jeff Buhler’s screenplay could have used some red herrings, some alternate possible explanations for Miles’ behavior. Instead, it tells us early what’s going on, then follows that through to one of a small handful of possible endings, with no diversions in between: straightforward to a fault. But Schilling’s alert, protective mom is strong, and young Scott’s ability to switch casually from innocent lamb to creepy kid is effectively eerie.
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Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Producer: Tripp Vinson, Tara Farney, Nick Spicer, Jeff Buhler, Lisa Zambri and Daniel Bekerman
Cast: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Scott, Peter Mooney, Colm Feore, Paul Fauteux, Brittany Allen, Olunike Adeliyi, Elisa Moolecherry, Paula Boudreau, Mark Sparks and Michael Dyson

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