Writer: Nathan Leon (Screenplay)
Starring: Tyler Roy Roberts, Cory Kays, King Amir Alahyar, Jeffrey Arrington, Adam Elliott Davis, Adrianne White, Hailey Henry, Embry Johnson
Plot: A father must protect his estranged son from the outside world when the boy accurately predicts three end-of-world events.
Tagline – What if he’s right?
Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Thought Provoking Thriller
Story: Prodigy starts when widowed father Erik (Kays) is recruited y Dr Faron (Tyrrell) to reconnect with his son Caleb (Johnson) to help unlock the secret to his latest vision, one which will change the world after he has already predicted to world shattering vision. Erik breaks Caleb out of the prison like environment he is being held captive in.
On the run, Erik and Caleb are marked as dangerous with certain people believing Caleb could even be behind the disasters, while on the run Erik gets to learn the truth about his own vision during one of the events to learn the truth about the future of the world.
Thoughts on Prodigy
Characters – Erik is the widowed father that has been struggling with life and alcohol problems, haunted by his own vision during the event, he agrees to help his son after nearly 10-years away from him, showing that he could do what is needed to help himself and son get the connection that will change the world forever. Caleb is the teenager that has predict world changing events, he believes the world is going to be hit by a third known as the moment ‘The World Turns Black’ and wants his father to be there with him for this moment. Maya is a waitress that helps the two find a new location to hide out in, she believes in a better life after the visions and will help make sure Caleb has the ones that could change the world. we do get to meet people who both want Caleb for their own agendas and people who want to help.
Performances – Cory Kays in the leading role is good because he must deal with his characters own emotional problems, while also learning to be a better father. Embry Johnson gives us slow deliberate delivery for his teenage character which does make it stand out as a performance which shows us the character has been away from the world. Hailey Henry is good in her role in the supporting side of the story, while most of the performances are good through the film.
Story – The story here follows the world filled with tension after two moments which changed the world, the third I on it way and people have become divided on wanting to know the truth, who should know the truth and what will happen, with only one teenager seeing what is about to come. This is a film that will make you stop and think about what could happen in the future, your reaction to knowing this could be the end and what would you do if you couldn’t explain what you saw. If you liked Midnight Special you will get the same vibes from the film which is one that grab the audience’s attention, this will too as you will want to know where it all ends up going.
Thriller – This is a film that uses the idea of father and son on the run while an end of the world event could be around the corner. This does keep us going until the very final shot of the film.
Settings – The film shows us how the characters are in hiding with most of them being through woodland areas off the grid, these do work for the film.
Special Effects – The effects are only used very sparely which is nice because this could have gone for silly ones, the ones we get are used to show us the dream sequences only.
Final Thoughts – This is a thinking persons thriller that makes you want to look at moments in your own life and decisions you would make in the same situation.
Overall: Smart thriller for all.
ABC Film Challenge
Anticipated for 2019
The year 2018 is coming to a close and it is time to look ahead to the new year, through December the subject is the films I am looking forward to seeing, hopefully I will be able to select one film for each letter even if we dive into actors, directors or themes. Join in if you want and let’s get this conversation going about the next hopefully wonderful year in film.
Stars – John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Madeline Brewer
Synopsis – Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.
The Main Reason I Want to See It – When it comes to the sci-fi genre we have seen nearly everything imaginable, we often get similar stories with different visions from directors, Rupert Wyatt bought us Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was fantastic, this only looks like it could be something that makes us think and that can be enjoyed. The cast is only going to add to everything with John Goodman being one of the most much watch actors in the business today. The trailer only adds to the mystery with the threat looking like it has only just begun.
Release Date (UK) – 12th April 2019
Stars – Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz
Synopsis – Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.
The Main Reason I Want to See It – A horror movie with a strong cast well, I will be in whatever the case, I am always up to watch a mystery horror which does seem to have a reason for the hauntings, this might not be the best one of the year, but I will go in with an open mind and just look to enjoy the scares.
Release Date (UK) – 19th April 2019
Stars – Tom Holland, Cynthia Erivo, Daisy Ridley
Synopsis – A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.
The Main Reason I Want to See It – Doug Liman behind the camera only makes this film feel like a must watch, the concept is very interesting, with little being known about the whole idea other than what is above, this is one that I feel could be one of the most interesting surprises of the year.
Release Date (UK) – 1st March 2019
Stars – Ross Anderson, Anson Boon, George Somner
Synopsis – A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Catagory 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
The Main Reason I Want to See It – This is another horror movie, this movie comes from Alexandra Aja one of the best horror directors around, we know he can bring us gore unlike anything we could normal deal with, the concept for this film does sound like one that will keep us contained which is always important for horror to truly shine.
Release Date (UK) – 2019 (no date set)