Title: The Prodigy

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Year: 2005

Genre: Thriller / Crime / Action

Language: English

Runtime: 120 min

Director: William Kaufman

Writer: Matt Beckham & Holt Boggs

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0160706/

After a meeting of two gangs goes horribly wrong, ending up in a bloodbath, Truman takes some time off. When he comes back to his gangster ways, it is to find the man who kidnapped his boss's nephew. Truman starts to research who this man could possibly be, and everyone seems to know about this person who calls himself "Claude Rains". Named after the actor who played The Invisible Man, he could not have picked a better name, because what everyone agrees with is that he's like a ghost. A myth that no one really knows anything about. How can Truman find this man, and what will happen when he does?

Our thoughts:
When I got this movie in the mail, I was a little confused as to why this film had been sent to me for reviewing. I looked at the cover and thought about how I was gonna send it back to the distributors, because clearly we don't review regular action movies. I went online and watched the trailer, just in case it would be something more than that, and the trailer completely changed my mind. So, I decided to watch the film and review it, and while it's safe to say that the film might be the most mis-placed title in our database, we do review titles that doesn't really have the surreal, gory, strange, or sick things that we usually want. Sometimes movies like that stick out enough to be reviewed, and this one has it's reasons to why it's here.

The film starts out with a meeting of two gangs, one is going to sell coke and one, the guys we are rooting on, are supposed to buy the coke. Some things go wrong, and they are all holding guns against eachother. This is when "Rains" arrives. Dressed completely in black, with night vision goggles and machine guns, this ghost like man takes pretty much all of them down before either of them knows what's going on. This far we get the sense that it will be a high octane kind of action, sort of in the likes of "Crank" and "Shoot 'Em Up", but that's not at all what it is. The film leaves the action behind for a bit, and steps into thriller territory. It turns to a mystery about who this man is, and why he does what he does. Every time "Rains" is on screen, we are completely hooked. Scenes involving him are ranging from interesting, to action pumped, and even reaches all the way to intense and sort of scary at times. That's right, that's one of the things that made this film qualified to be reviewed. While obviously being a full-on thriller / crime / action film, it has a sense of horror to it. The "Rains" character is treated like a killer in a slasher film. There is one scene in particular that felt like a horror film, and that is when he chases the woman, Ash, through her secure building with locks and keys everywhere. The film does all of this, while still being a low budget film. It doesn't have a fancy new look and big name actors, but it has all of the important things that a film with a 90 million budget would have to. All this on a budget just a little bit over $200,000, which isn't alot in the film industry, let alone for an action film.

I don't want to go on and on about the film, and since it's not our usual type of film, I want to try and make the review short enough to keep you interested. It's a really good movie, by far the best action movie I have seen for a long time. What makes the film so impressive is it's budget (which is the main reason to why it got reviewed), how they seem to make the gritty look work as a benefit for the film, and most notably how they managed to subtly squeeze in some horror. If you mix "Seven", with "Saw" and "Shoot 'Em Up", I think this is what would come out.

P.S. Thanks Njutafilms for bringing this film my way. I would never have seen it otherwise.

Positive things:
- An all-around good thriller / crime / action.
- Low budget film that shows Hollywood how these films should be made.
- "Claude Rains" is a fucking cool character.
- Great actors.
- Steps into horror territory at times.
Negative things:
- William Kaufman and the other guys behind this film will most likely hit big anytime soon, and it's a shame since they did so good on a small budget.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 4/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 2/5

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