Not too surprisingly given Antoine Charreyrons background, The Prodigies emerges feeling more like it is a videogame than a film. The graphics lack the lavish high-end look that we have come to expect of modern animated films and seem more like those that you might expect from a videogame. To his credit, Antoine Charreyron does occasionally direct with a nice eye for artistic detail shots like the shadows of the sun moving across the Manhattan skyline from afternoon to evening in a matter of seconds. The film also draws various US locations with authentically realistic detail, although there is the oddity of seeing the White House surrounded by police cars from the NYPD at one point.
There is also the plot. You are not entirely sure where the show is starting to go the film keeps the nature of the kids psychic powers hidden from us for a large part of the running time. You start to wonder if you are in the midst of some anime equivalent of X-Men (2000). What the film eventually emerges as is like an animated version of Children of the Damned (1963) a group of diverse kids are brought together as part of an educational program that spots their potential where they then gang together, using their united powers against the rest of the world as it masses military threat to destroy them. After putting us in the picture, the film follows a generalised arc that is not any different from other psychic powers amok films like The Fury (1978), Akira (1988) and Chronicle (2012) in building towards an apocalyptic showdown.
The Prodigies works okay, but most of it seems to have had its thunder stolen by works like Akira and in particular Chronicle, which came out on US cinema screens a matter of weeks before The Prodigies went into international release. Both of these build to epic-sized climaxes and play the psychic powers out on a far more spectacular scale than The Prodigies does. When you compare a film about a group of teenagers who can control the minds of others to works that offer up a massive wreak of psychokinetic destruction, this emerges as decidedly tamer. Moreover, the surprise about The Prodigies is that there is almost nothing here that could not have been conducted as a live-action film with little difference.