The Prodigy (2018)

Since losing his wife, Erik Black has given up on life and even his son, spending his days alone and drunk. However, his son was chosen by the divine to reveal three prophecies to the world. The first two have made the world even more violent as confusion reigns. Now, his estranged son has asked to meet him with a mission: help him reach the place where he will receive the final message that will change the lives of every single person on Earth.

The full-length writing/directing/producing/editing debut of Nathan Leon, Prodigy was nominated for four International Christian Film and Music Festival awards (including Best Picture), yet it’s a movie that also can speak to a secular audience.

Erik’s son Caleb has been a divine messenger, able to predict two potentially apocalyptic events, including four minutes where every single human beings’ mind was linked together. For many, this led them to a path of bliss. But for even more, they were faced with the realities of just how flawed they were and react with violence.

Caleb and Erik goon the run, joining up with a waitress named Maya who ends up being a true believer. They’re followed by Dr. Faron, his government troops and several mercenaries, all trying to control the young boy and his ability to see a divine future.

Prodigy reminds me of the Left Behind books somewhat and I don’t mean that as an insult. It’s an interesting idea that may not be fully realized but still feels like a unique enough movie that it’s worth a watch. There are some amateur performances, but against the overall scope of the film, it’s not anything worth worrying about.

Prodigy is available on VOD December 4 and DVD January 1.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent this movie by its PR team, which has no bearing on this review.

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