The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

Sci-fi thriller starring Everything, Everything's Amandla Stenberg, set following a bacterial outbreak that kills 98% of Earth's children. Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of the Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda 2, helms.

After a disease kills the majority of America's children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.

2018Rating: M, Violence104 minsUSA
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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Based on Alexandra Bracken’s YA novel, The Darkest Minds is set in a world where 90% of children have been wiped out. The fascist government rounds up the surviving youths, fearful because they all suddenly possess psychic abilities. Escaping a brutal internment camp, powerful 16-year-old Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) teams up with electricity-wielding Zu (an underutilised Miya Cech), uber-brainy comedy sidekick Chubs (Skylan Brooks), and telekinetic, charisma-free block of wood Liam (Harris Dickinson).

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Flicks, Sarah Ward

Flicks, Sarah Ward

When The Darkest Minds name-checks Harry Potter, it adopts a specific strategy. Openly comparing itself to JK Rowling’s famous franchise, the film calls out its own flaws – its similarities with other YA adaptations, namely – before someone else can. Or, at least that’s what the latest page-to-screen dystopian effort would like to think.

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Vulture

Vulture

There's a lot that's confusing or poorly set up. That's a script problem, but also a lack of emotional direction and momentum.

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Variety

Variety

Borrows nearly all its ingredients from other popular sci-fi franchises - from "X-Men" to "Stranger Things" - and doesn't much seem to mind if kids recognise how derivative it is...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

"The Darkest Minds" plays like a lightning round in which the goal is to hit as many teenage-dystopia tropes as possible.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The pieces of a potential franchise are put in play here without stakes being raised or pulses quickened.

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Stuff

Stuff

A depressingly formulaic collection of young adult fantasy movie tropes.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

You've seen this future before.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A by-the-numbers YA dystopia.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The Darkest Minds boasts a decent cast and a fairly interesting premise centred on likeable characters. But its banality squashes any potential it had, resulting in a safe, forgettable sci-fi.

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Associated Press

Associated Press

About five years and 15 movie dystopias too late to feel the least bit fresh or interesting.

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