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The Prodigy

MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for violence, disturbing and bloody images, a sexual reference and brief graphic nudity.
also known as “A csodagyerek,” “Descendant,” “Maligno,” “Prodigy. Opetany,” “The Prodigy - Il figlio del male”
Not Recommended
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Horror Thriller
1 hr. 32 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
February 8, 2019 (wide—2,530 theaters)
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Relevant Issues

Supernatural evil

Who is SATAN, the enemy of God and all people? Answer

demons in the Bible

Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer

DEMON POSSESSSION and Influence—Can Christians be demon possessed? In what ways can Satan and his demons influence believers? Answer

REINCARNATION—Does the Bible allow for this possibility? Answer

The very unbiblical idea presented of transmigration of souls—a serial killer’s soul inhabits a young boy’s body

HALLOWEEN—Should Christians participate in the this holiday? Answer

What’s wrong with Halloween? Answer

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Featuring Taylor SchillingSarah
Jackson Robert Scott … Miles
Brittany AllenMargaret St. James
Colm FeoreArthur Jacobson
Peter Mooney … John
Olunike Adeliyi … Rebecca
Elisa Moolecherry … Zoe
Paul Fauteux … Edward Scarka
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Director Nicholas McCarthy
Producer Orion Pictures
Vinson Films
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Distributor Distributor: Orion Pictures. Trademark logo.Orion Pictures (Orion Releasing LLC), owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (MGM Holdings, Inc.)

“There’s something wrong with Miles”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “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.”

  • Violence: Very Heavy
  • Profane language: • G*d (2) • H*ll (3)
  • Vulgar/Crude language: • f-word • s-words • c*ck
  • Nudity: • full frontal (brief) • naked person on ground • shirtless male
  • Sex: • talk of waking up with sex organ and pubic hairs in mouth • kissing
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Secular Movie Critics
…Struggling throughout with issues of structure and pacing, Nicholas McCarthy’s horror feature threatens to debase standards for the genre to levels that even undiscriminating thrill-seekers seem likely to reject. …
Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
…a ho-hum horror movie given a mild boost by its credible performances…
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
…prickly, chilly, and disquieting… unnerving, yet unsurprising horror flick…
Courtney Howard, Variety
…the film doesn’t quite do enough to nudge it beyond the realm of simple competence… [2½/5]
Matthew Monagle, Austin Chronicle
…The Prodigy has a very creepy kid, but dumb adults… [2/4]
Peter Howell, Toronto Star Newspapers
…I found “The Prodigy” to be a pitiless experience, maddeningly illogical in the ways the parents…accept the abrupt “treatment” and “study” changing to “This kid’s a killer reincarnated” “science” and excuse the kid’s moments of violence and amorality… [1½/4]
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…suffers from bland plotting… Despite a few unintentional chuckles, this thriller is too broad to be scary and too morose to be campy…
William Bibbiani, The Wrap