The Prodigies (film)
|Directed by||Antoine Charreyron|
|Screenplay by||Alexandre de La Patellière
|Based on||La Nuit des enfants rois
by Bernard Lenteric
|Starring||Jeffrey Evan Thomas
|Music by||Klaus Badelt|
|Distributed by||Magnolia Pictures (USA)
Warner Bros. (France)
Remstar Films (Canada; theatrical)
Entertainment One (Canada; DVD)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK/Ireland)
|Running time||87 minutes|
The Prodigies is a 2011 French-British computer-animated science fiction, action, drama and psychological thriller film based on La Nuit des enfants rois, a novel written by French writer Bernard Lenteric, Magnolia Pictures had acquired distribution rights in the film for North America and plans to release the English-language (American) version under the title The Prodigies, Entertainment Film Distributors had acquired distribution rights in the film for United Kingdom and Ireland and plans to release the English-language (British) version under the title The Prodigies: The Night of Royal Children, as Warner Bros. Pictures holds France distribution rights.
Ten year old Jimbo Farrar is a gifted child who is misunderstood and regularly beaten by his parents. One day he is badly beaten by his father while his mother cheers him on. Jimbo is carried away by his anger and loses control of his abilities, when he wakes up he finds his mother was beaten to death by his father who then hanged himself. Locked in a mental hospital, Jimbo is visited by multi-billionaire Mr. Killian, who decides to take him under his wing to help him control his abilities.
Twenty years later, Jimbo Farrar became a brilliant researcher of the Killian Foundation for Gifted Children, married to Ann with whom to have a child. He has only one goal: to find young children who like him strange and Para-Mental powers. He created it for an extremely complex online game. The same night, five teens, unrelated, solving tests and they hacked Jimbo's computer which causes Jimbo turn off and turn on revealing the message words "Where Are You?". Jimbo then immediately hand out to them to bring them to the Foundation, but on his return he learns the death of Killian. The Foundation therefore passed to Melanie, daughter of Killian, who plans Jenkins with his second to end the draft Jimbo for profit. Jimbo has the idea to combine the ideas: create a large-scale televised competition to reveal the future genius. The Show: American genius is launched, the five recruits are announced Jimbo participants: Gil, an abused child, Liza, a young girl trained to be a top model, Lee, a young Asian who helps his parents in their trade, Harry , an African-American whose mother spends its money in paris, and Sammy, the only son of a wealthy family and physical ungrateful.
The five are identified immediately and end up in secret in Central Park. No sooner are they gathered two German thugs assault and violent Liza. Jimbo did not come right away: he learns that Ann is pregnant. It gets the message too late and then see the status of the five connected mentally, and manages to scare away the both German vandals before finding Liza in a coma and the other in shock. The next day he learns that Melanie wants to cover it up; Furious, he demands an explanation, but is just returning the group. However, he vows to protect the other four, or he locks on itself, afraid of having found the state of anger he had met the day of the death of his parents. Thus, under the leadership of Gil, the four friends infiltrate the archives of the Killian group where they find the recordings sessions Jimbo when he was in hospital: he talks about his mental capacity and "child king" others who have these powers (Killian was one too). Now, Gil, Sammy Lee and Harry become the avengers of Liza, killing two German thugs but also the officer who covered it up and his wife, with their powers: the ability to take control of other people's bodies even dead.
Jimbo does not know what to do: Melanie refuses to recognize the truth and let the game continue but teenagers are demanding justice. However, one evening, as he tries to reason again the four friends become deadly, Jimbo finds they doubt him and put him to the test by ordering him to kill Jenkins. Jimbo, who promised to young Killian not to use this power, refuses. So they kill and are accused Jimbo Jenkins, who prefers to go to jail under surveillance rather than trying to convince the police. When Liza out of the coma, Ann asked for help, but the girl uses her power over her baby. It must therefore turn to Melanie, who organizes the final of American genius in the White House, attended by the President of the United States. When Jimbo discovers aggression Ann, he uses his power to break free and join Liza to reach children, Melanie and Ann at the White House.
On site, Liza uses her power, triggering a security plan where any person in the Oval Office must join a security bunker. But once locked, the four gifted manipulate soldiers and bodyguards who are killing; Melanie is also killed before Gil launches nuke Killian University. Ann is on borrowed time because her child might be a "golden child." Jimbo finally able to join with Liza in the bunker where he soon realizes that this is Gil who leads the group. Both therefore compete in a battle of powers where Jimbo protects Ann and Gil tries to stop, but he gets shot. While Jimbo dying, Gil horribly slaps Liza, which made Harry convinces his friends to stop while controlling Gil and cancels the nuclear test. Jimbo makes shortly after his last breath.
Three months later, Killian Group is bankrupt. Ann, still pregnant, receives a package containing a video message last Jimbo. It was left by Liza, who disappeared from circulation with Harry, Sammy and Lee search for other "child king", while Gil continued his journey alone to.
- Mintzer, Jordan (May 12, 2011). "The Prodigies: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 January 2012.