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The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds
The Darkest Minds
The Darkest Minds
  • PG-13
  • 1h 44m
  • 2018
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After teens who have mysteriously developed powerful new abilities are declared a threat and detained by the government, Ruby, one of the most powerful (Amandla Stenberg), escapes and joins a group of other runaway teens. But soon, these new allies realize they must wage a resistance against those who betrayed them in this adventurous film from the producers of Stranger Things.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: 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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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Skilled actors can't save derivative, violent YA thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Darkest Minds is an action thriller based on the first book in author Alexandra Bracken's best-selling young adult series about a world in which most children and teens have died from a fatal virus. Rare survivors have emerged with mysterious superpowers, including enhanced intelligence, telekinesis, mind control, and fire-starting. Starring Amandla Stenberg, the movie is fairly violent, with a high body count that includes many children and teens, as well as some adults (who in some cases are compelled via mind control to injure/kill themselves). There's also a scene in which a girl erases herself from her parents' memories and another in which a 20-something man tries to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl. There's some romance, but because of a power that works skin-to-skin, the romance mostly consists of longing looks, one slow dance, and an eventual big kiss. Fans of the book will want to check out the movie, even if there are some major differences, as always, between the text and the screen versions.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:August 3, 2018
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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