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REVIEW: Prodigy

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Netflix dropped a new psychological/sci-fi thriller this weekend with Mark Miller’s ‘Prodigy’, which is directed by Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal, and introduces a cerebral film to the streaming service’s library.

Richard Neil, Savannah Liles, and Jolene Andersen star in the movie that tells the story of “a maverick psychologist must uncover the secrets of a gifted but dangerous young girl who has been placed on lockdown for her supernatural abilities.”

Highly regarded psychologist James Fonda (Neil) attempts to do what no other medical professional, or person, has done yet; make a connection with nine-year-old Ellie (Liles) who is under supervision lockdown awaiting euthanasia so that the science world can dissect her.

Ellie is highly intelligent, with a glaring superiority complex, but she immediately starts her psychological tug of war with Dr. Fonda as soon as he enters the room, trying to break him down before he has the chance to do the same to her.

Dr. Fonda starts to see past the massive walls that Ellie has built, emotionally, but he is up against the clock as the team in charge of Ellie wants to rid the world of the threat she poses, describing her as nothing more than a monster, and treating her as such.

The majority of the movie consists of Dr. Fonda and Ellie’ conversations in a heavily armored room, and a side story of Fonda’s battle with the people in charge.

Savannah Liles steals the show with her convincing performance and the movie, while void of any true scares or epic moments, is the kind of cerebral thriller that has a tedious build and requires dedication to see the story come full circle.

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Savannah Liles steals the show with her convincing performance and the movie, while void of any true scares or epic moments, is the kind of cerebral thriller that has a tedious build and requires dedication to see the story come full circle. 
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Netflix Drops Trailer for ‘Lost in Space’ Season Two

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A brand new season for the Netflix his series ‘Lost in Space’ is set to arrive on Christmas Eve, and a new trailer is here to give everyone a look into what the second season has in store.

According to the rundown: “With the Jupiter 2 stranded on a mysterious ocean planet without their beloved Robot, the Robinsons must work together, alongside the mischievous and manipulative Dr. Smith and the always charming Don West, to make it back to the Resolute and reunite with the other colonists. But they quickly find all is not as it seems. A series of incredible new threats and unexpected discoveries emerge as they look for the key to finding Robot and safe passage to Alpha Centauri. They will stop at nothing to keep their family safe… survival is a Robinson specialty after all.”

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REVIEW: Marianne

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Netflix kicked off the Halloween season in style with a brand new, limited series horror show called ‘Marianne’.

The French film debuted on Friday the 13th in September and was immediately met with strong reviews and ratings, with many calling Marianne the scariest witch ever.

Starring Victoire du Bois, Tiphanie Daviot, Lucie Boujenah and Mireille Herbstmeyer, the film tells the story of a famous author (Emma) who has to do battle with the witch who tormented her, and was the inspiration for her books, when she was a child.

Right out of the gate Marianne establishes itself as a gory, in your face, and twisted story of torment, possession, and pure evil, and kicks off a stunning performance by Herbstmeyer as Madame Daugeron, who is possessed by Marianne for the first part of the series.

Facial expressions and body language are illustrated brilliantly and convey the presence of the pure evil that is Marianne with no deviation from impact.

The story is woven, overall fluidly, over the course of several episodes, and continues to build the intensity for a final showdown with the witch, while at the same time digging up her past, and telling the story of Emma’s childhood, exile, and battle with alcoholism.

While it can be kind of confusing, at times, with the constant back-and forth and story-to-story transition, the series doesn’t deviate too far from it’s path.

While Marianne could have been better served by being trimmed by 1-2 episodes to eliminate some of the “filler”, it easily makes up for it with a strong story, plenty of terror, and a complete tale, showing how well Netflix can bring even a foreign horror film to their platform and spin out a classic.

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Netflix Drops Trailer for ‘Eli’

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A brand new film from Ciaran Foy is set to arrive on Netflix later this month, and a terrifying trailer will give you a glimpse into what is in store when the film officially arrives to the streaming platform on October 18th.

According to the rundown: “With his desperate parents in tow, an 11-year-old boy with a debilitating illness checks into an isolated clinic to undergo experimental therapy.”

Starring Charlie Shotwell, Lili Taylor, and Kelly Reilly, the trailer for the film can be seen below:

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