Dear THE PRODIGY, this hurts me more than it hurts you. I hate writing negative reviews. I feel guilty afterward. Creating anything is admirable and dismissing someoneâ€™s hard work is not cool. On the other hand, Iâ€™d hate for people to think Iâ€™m a chump who falls for anything. Plus, maybe disliking some movies helps to accentuate the love you have for other movies? Hmm, maybe. I didnâ€™t dig THE PRODIGY. It wasnâ€™t my cup of tea. O.K., I hated it. Which is kinda crazy because I basically love all killer kid movies, even lesser ones like DADDYâ€™S GIRL (â€˜96), THE PAPERBOY (â€˜94) and MILO (â€˜98). I should have been such easy pickinsâ€™! PRODIGAL SON couldnâ€™t even sell me on the idea of reincarnation when I already pretty much believe in it. They actually changed my mind in the reverse direction. Now the idea just seems silly. I do now believe in emotional vampires though because THE PRODIGY left me feeling zapped out, tired and vaguely depressed. Itâ€™s a borderline distasteful joyless dirge. Thereâ€™s no fun to be had here. Itâ€™s funless. My favorite thing about THE PRODIGY is that it makes me appreciate THE ORPHAN (2009) even more. THE ORPHAN is brilliant. Love that movie.
Thereâ€™s gotta be something more positive I can say. I guess the cinematography is pretty slick andâ€¦consistent. JACKSON ROBERT SCOTT (who played Georgie in IT) is a decent actor, canâ€™t blame him. The guy who played the hand-stealing killer (PAUL FAUTEUX) that the kid is possessed by was suitably creepy. TAYLOR SHILLING of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK plays the mom. I usually like her and know she can act but I donâ€™t think the director (NICHOLAS McCARTHY who did THE PACT (2012)- which is great) did her many favors here; she mostly just makes distorted faces and strained grimaces. Iâ€™ll just point an accusatory finger at the writer (JEFF BUHLER, the same chap who wrote the PET SEMATARY remake that was only so-so) because there seems to be something wrong with this house on a structural level. For example, this movie gives away a juicy plot point that could have been saved for a later shocking revelation in its opening scene. Itâ€™s annoying. THE PRODIGY only has so much Halloween candy to give out and itâ€™s like it gives half of the bowl to the first trick-or-treater that knocks on its door. Then itâ€™s like out of candy before the night is over and soon all it can do is hand out pennies and coupons and gross Mary Janes. Maybe I watched this movie too soon after I viewed the wonderful UNDERWATER and it just paled by comparison? Would I like it better with a re-watch? Nah, Iâ€™m going to give THE PRODIGY my worst possible verdict by saying Iâ€™m never going to watch it again and I have no desire to buy a used copy of it from Redbox for $3.99.
I have clarify that last line= my local Redox now sells the older used films for a mere 3.99! This is revolutionary. So now I’m the proud owner of US and GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS. They come in a Redox case so you get no DVD art but oh well (I got PRODIGY free fro the library and that’s also a fair price).
And of course the kid in THE PRODIGY kills the family dog for no reason- such a cliche. He couldn’t kill a babysitter or something?
“The Prodigy”, huh? Makes me want to watch “Firestarter”.