You know when you read a synopsis or see some poster art and it looks/reads really interesting, but in the back of your mind you’re thinking, “Yeah, I doubt the film will live up to that“. Well, Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal’s Prodigy lives up to the expectations. It’s an engaging, intriguing and intellectual treat that keeps you fixated until the credits roll.
The film utilizes a single location and relies on two characters to carry the film, and it works wonders, as the two characters engage in some compelling narrative.
So, we are greeted to a psychologist named Dr. Fonda (Richard Neil), who has been tasked to asses a young child named Ellie (Savannah Liles). Straight off, you know Ellie isn’t an ordinary child as she is held in a remote compound, while shackled up, but surely such a young girl can’t be THAT dangerous?
Here, before Dr. Fonda even begins his assessment, Ellie has already fired off her perception of the Doctor and it appears as if it is Dr. Fonda that’s being assessed instead of Ellie, as she utilizes her high intelligence to be as calculating as can be.
From here we have a back-and-forth exchange of words between the two and it quickly becomes clear to Dr. Fonda that Ellie isn’t an ordinary child but, a dangerous, determined prodigy as she reveals her powers to great extent, to which she also toys with the Doctor showing her childish side but, don’t be fooled.
We soon learn however that Ellie has been at the compound for quite some time with many professionals trying to understand her powers, to which they have failed. And now they have come to the conclusion to dissect her to get to the truth so the medical world can see but, Dr. Fonda has been given a last-minute chance to prevent his from happening but is it too little too late?
Prodigy is a slow-burn thriller which focuses on the two central characters and they play off each other very well. Savannah Liles delivers some excellent lines and plays her character with true conviction, much the same as Richard Neil, as he becomes fatherly in his approach.
The cinematography is where the film really shines as we get some excellent shots, especially during their chess game and of course when Ellie begins to show her powers with chairs and tables flying around the room, and you forget that this is an indie film without a studio budget financing the film, it truly is excellent.
Prodigy is an edge-of-the-seat thriller which will leave you biting your finger nails until the credits roll. It’s an enthralling feature, with some good mystery and some of the best acting I’ve seen in a while. The film is available on various VOD platforms as we speak so, if you’re looking for a slow-burn thriller, that’s truly engaging, Prodigy is for you.