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.


Based on a young adult novel, The Darkest Minds feels like a rehash of so many films based on young adult that have come before it.

Playing out like a poor man’s Hunger Games (even down to its star Amandla Stenberg who appeared in The Hunger Games), The Darkest Minds has the feeling of a pilot to a low budget television series, this is probably not surprising given that the movies producers were also behind the Netflix series Stranger Things.

With a slow pace and an ending that leaves everything open for the inevitable sequel The Darkest Minds feels like a bit of a work in progress. Hopefully if a sequel is ever given the go ahead it won’t be as bland and predictable as this first outing.

The Darkest Minds (12A)

1h 45m

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford, Harris Dickinson, Patrick Gibson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, and Gwendoline Christie

UK Release: Friday 10th August 2018

The Darkest Minds - "Like Riding A Bike" Clip

The Darkest Minds - What Happens Next ?