The Prodigy: Review by @Kush_Hayes
The Prodigy is not the newest member of The Wu-Tang Clan, but as a movie showed a lot of promise in its trailer. Thats as far as the quality of this movie goes. A WuTang Clan reference and a really good trailer, thats better than the movie.
This movie has been made before, back in 1993 with Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood and it was called The Good Son. However, reincarnation is never even muttered. Macaulay is just as bad as a child can be including premeditated homicide, but is a 12 year old Macs dramatic use of a single F-Bomb that is what people are talking about whenever this movie gets uttered randomly.
As mentioned above, reincarnation is the catalyst of this movie. A serial killer is killed by law enforcement officers just as a random child in a random location, at that very moment is born, does this murdered soul manage to transfer into the host of this new born baby. And once that detail is revealed just as a theory, this movie is over. Im surprised our audience did not burst out into laughter.
The Star of our movie, Jackson Robert Scott, youll recognize him from the beginning of Stephen Kings It from two years ago as Georgie. This up and comer displays some real intensity and some very uncomfortable moments. At one point, he has a confrontation with the therapist who knows about the reincarnation, and their scene is way more intense than the movie from 25 yrs ago that Ive been comparing it, to the point that when really out of line shit starts pouring out of the character, the director makes a point to crop out the actors mouth and insert ADR because: Its. Just. That. Bad.
The guy who wrote this, Jeff Buhler, who was responsible for Murder Meat Train 11 years ago, is on a streak recently as he also has the remake to Stephen Kings Pet Semetary coming out as well as the remake to Jacobs Ladder whose release is TBD and a reboot to The Grudge already in development. I dont know what the decade long gap indicates but his momentum is clearly on the up and up.
Taylor Schilling plays Miles Mother and you know her best for Netflixs Orange is the New Black, and while Ive not seen any of that series, she pours her soul into this performance about a mother struggling to save her sons soul.
Nicholas McCarthy, who is no newcomer, but hasnt had a commercial hit yet, plays some scenes with some great light and shadow balance, some quick effects. Ultimately the trailer for this movie was better directed. But I see how this guy will make a great horror movie in the near future given the opportunity.
This movie had a lot of great possibility. Its opening screening had a full house, and yet there was not a peep made during the entire film. It also managed to be one of the longest 94 minutes Ive spent this 2019.
Two out of Six Blueberries.