‘The Prodigy’ Review: Evil Genius, Average Horror | Modern Society of USA

‘The Prodigy’ Review: Evil Genius, Average Horror

‘The Prodigy’ Review: Evil Genius, Average Horror

In “The Prodigy,” a ho-hum horror movie given a mild boost by its credible performances, a small boy named Miles (Jackson Robert Scott) begins to exhibit disturbingly supernormal intelligence. Further red flags include sleep-chatting in Hungarian, abusing his babysitter and battering a classmate with a wrench. If this isn’t evidence enough of Miles’ bad-seed credentials, he also has one brown eye and one blue — weird eyes being a dead giveaway in the evil-spawn genre.

Miles might be a little devil, but it’s not the Prince of Darkness who’s messing with his head. Enter a lanky psychologist with a very particular set of skills (Colm Feore), none of which prepare him for those of his pint-size patient. Yet the movie’s occasional chills do little to obscure the thin plotting, problematic pacing and a central mystery that’s left aggravatingly vague. Jeff Buhler’s script reveals too much too soon in a moodily photographed prologue showing a crazed killer mowed down by police while his latest victim escapes with one hand fewer than when she was snatched.

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