The Darkest Minds

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The Darkest Minds does little to differentiate itself in a crowded field of YA adaptations, leaving all but the least demanding viewers feeling dystopian déjà vu.

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When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

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  • The film is framed so deliberately as a prelude to more exciting times to come in its sequels that it renders the ending oddly anti-climactic.

    Aug 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • None of it is new, none of it is interesting and the storytelling is tissue-paper thin.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Despite its radical potential, it's disappointing to see this story fall back on what's considered typical teen stuff.

    Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The pieces of a potential franchise are put in play here without stakes being raised or pulses quickened.

    Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • 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.

    Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Darkest Minds is such a formulaic hodgepodge of secondhand plot points that it can't help but feel like an insult to its target demographic: just another case of adults trying to manipulate kids, this time by bilking them out of their allowance.

    Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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