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40 Ratings

The Darkest Minds

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
United States, 2018
Sci-Fi, Thriller


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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The Darkest Minds Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Critics reviews

To say the film suggests a mix of hazy political allegory and Henry Darger’s outside-art classic The Story of the Vivian Girls is to make it sound more interesting than it really is. The filmmaking is flat and lifeless, the performances wooden, and the political metaphors clumsy.
August 09, 2018
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Yuh Nelson makes a rough transition to live action. Neither the filmmaker’s sense of motion nor eye for the kinetic interplay between uniquely skilled heroes translates to The Darkest Minds’s recycled scenes of Liam tossing foes with his mind, Zu sending arcs of lighting flying from whatever piece of metal she touches, and Ruby forcing enemies to fall slack and compliant with her forceful hypnosis.
August 03, 2018
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To watch “The Darkest Minds” is to realize that the line separating the rote from the metafictional has grown quite fine. The director, Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Kung Fu Panda 3”), keeps the pace fast and the exposition flowing; the movie is almost comfortingly watchable. In her first live-action feature, she shows a flair for natural light and doesn’t lean too heavily on effects.
August 02, 2018
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