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
Science FictionThriller
83%
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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

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

flicks

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.

Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

Variety

Variety

press

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...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A depressingly formulaic collection of young adult fantasy movie tropes.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

You've seen this future before.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A by-the-numbers YA dystopia.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

2.0
Associated Press

Associated Press

press

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

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

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).

2.0
Flicks, Sarah Ward

Flicks, Sarah Ward

flicks

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.

Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

Variety

Variety

press

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...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A depressingly formulaic collection of young adult fantasy movie tropes.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

You've seen this future before.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A by-the-numbers YA dystopia.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

2.0
Associated Press

Associated Press

press

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

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