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The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds (2018)

August. 03,2018
| Adventure Drama Action

After a disease kills 98% 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.


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When I saw the trailer for this title, I was excited! This is the exact kind of genre I'm naturally drawn to, and love. But boy was I disappointed. The screenplay was HORRIBLE, the dialogue was unnatural, and the actors delivering the poorly written script were poorly directed. Resulting in cringe-worthy and questionable moments throughout the entire film. "Why would they say that? Nobody talks like that" "Really? No one would talk like that" "yeah, that would never happen, who thinks like that?" were questions that pondered my mind throughout the film.The motives of the lead and characters within the film were poorly structured, and poorly justified. From what I've picked up, it was poor effort by the writers. AND the director. The director appears to have no directing experience outside of animation, which may explain this... Cliche, elementary style of dialogue which would normally be only justifiable in animations, not reality. Also, the cliche quiet Asian girl was cringe. Too cliche. Too much.The visuals were great, as were the cinematography in some areas of the film. There was visual appeal, but unfortunately from a story and artistic perspective, there was no other substance.Would not recommend.

Jeanne Francoise

Dear sci fi lovers, now you can speak. The Darkest Minds is movie designed not just for sci fi watchers, but also for everybody. Why? Because this movie relates the drama within their main story. The ability of Amandla Stenberg (as Ruby) here to erase memories in other people's mind is explaining what the most important in human bran: The memory. The main story thereof is about government on how to control their people mind, memory, and identity. The uncured disease across America is just the beginning plot in most of Hollywood movies, just to give scenes about how America can do disaster management in urgent situations, but the most important the Director wants to show is that the ability of people to be together, protect each other, and then to revenge back to take back all things or people had been taken before. The struggle to fight is just the lead scenes to see that each people has their own right to choose their path in this life, no matter how strange they are in the society. This movie is powerful because the acting of all actors are great. We really forget that this just a movie, we thought that we see our own self or our own family in the story. This is also a sci fi movie with touch of drama. Yes, there is Amandla Stenberg, the most wanted newcomer in Hollywood and since her appearance, this movie is no longer the same. Wait until the end to make you cry a little bit, but a happiness that this kind of sci fi is finally born in Hollywood industry. Thank you, producer!


The whole story line has been done so many times before, so predictable. The only thing that makes this movie watchable is the lead female roll. She's a standout. The males just fall behind. However, No chemistry between her and the male lead. It felt like she was talking to her brother. Last 10 minutes seemed to drag along, and I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. Great movie for teenagers and I'm sure young people will enjoy it.


Wasn't expecting a whole lot from this one, cheesy and teen-filled but it turned out to be pretty great!! Really enjoyed the whole storyline and would definitely watch again when it's on DVD/TV :)