Sarah's young son Miles' disturbing behaviour signals that an evil force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to protect Miles in favour of investigating what is causing his dark turn.
There’s a sense of familiarity to The Prodigy, the latest in a half-century of “evil child” stories going back to The Bad Seed, and including The Exorcist and The Omen. It’s still effective, given the chills we get from a sweet-faced kid saying or doing something horrible in the dark.
It could have been smarter without sacrificing pacing or chills. That’s not a dealbreaker — target audiences will likely be satisfied by its many pluses — but the film is good enough that you wish it went all the way.