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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.
Sci-Fi Thriller - This is a science fiction action-adventure based on the young adult
novel of the same name and therefore also aimed at teens. The more
familiar veteran actors such as Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford, and
Gwendoline Christie only have smaller
supporting roles, with the lead played by Amandla Stenberg, known
from films such as The Hunger Games and Everything,
Everything. While aimed at younger viewers, there is some
language and action violence that would be too intense for young kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average Certain scenes just don't work at all, like a painfully awkward dance scene in the film that's so poorly staged, the camera feels like a grown-up supervising a gym full of eighth graders at a dance. However, "The Darkest Minds” does manage to keep some of its bright moments shining.
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average ...the film shifts from a focused, coherent vision of generational terror and oppression into a grab bag of lazily compiled genre tropes. The characters are rushed through the process of introduction and familiarization
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 34 moviegoers:
TEENS: The lone male enjoyed it very much. As for the females, one loved it and one hated it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two males loved it, two enjoyed it very much and one rated it "average." The two females didn't enjoy it at all.
ADULTS: These reviews are quite good. About a third of both the males and females loved "The Darkest Minds" with another 40%, or so, rating it "above average," which indicates a movie that they enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, 20% of the males and 30% of the females rated it just "average," or lower.