I recently went to the cinema to see ‘The Darkest Minds’, a movie based on the book with the same name written by Alexandra Bracken. I originally wanted to go and see it as it had been produced by the same producer that worked on ‘Stranger Things’, called Shawn Levy. This movie discusses some similar subject as the beloved TV series such as telekinetic powers in children… Anyways, I was super curious about this film and couldn’t wait to see what they would do with the plot and how they would transform the book. Would it simply be a typical post-apocalypse movie based off a novel that we’ve already seen countless times before or was it going to be different? Let’s find out!
First, let me give you a bit of information about the plot itself. As children and teenagers start to develop powerful new powers such as telekinesis, electricity, intelligence… they soon become viewed as a threat to the government and are therefore all sent to detainment camps. Ruby, the lead character (played by the amazing Amandla Stenberg) has one of the strongest powers and is forced to escape the camp as they’ve just discovered it. She runs away only to find a group of kids who, like her, are also looking for a safe, new home. Together they will have to use their superpowers to fight the adults and the evil government who took away their future… Sounds peculiar right?
Now onto my review! The first thing that I have to mention is the phenomenal cast. All the leads were brilliantly cast and evidently very good – in particular, they all had very distinct and strong on-screen chemistry. Although I was expecting Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie to have a bit more screen time, the brilliance of the other actors made up for this. So the cast was great, that’s for sure, but unfortunately, the script and plot weren’t of the same quality… I was excited to see this movie because I’ve seen countless post-apocalypse movies before where similar things happen and so I was just hoping for this one to have something a little different. I was looking for something a little special, a touch more interesting and with heaps more originality and creativity. Unfortunately, my wishes didn’t come true.
I’m not saying I hated this movie, I truly didn’t. I enjoyed my time at the cinema and loved seeing many actors that I love act very well. But the plot just brought the whole experience down… All the main actors are great, yes, but I’ve seen them all be great before. There was simply nothing new or unique!
Thinking relatively, if the film would’ve come out a couple of years ago, I think it would have had a lot more success! But now that we’ve all seen The 5th Wave, Divergent, Hunger Games, Maze Runner… all based on books with pretty much the same story, it’s somehow too late. I loved all these movies but now that they have been created and that they’re here we need to change the plot-line a little bit. Some screenwriter out there needs to throw themselves into their creativity and produce something new.
So overall, I will, unfortunately, have to give this movie a 6/10. I enjoyed watching it and it certainly wasn’t a “bad” movie but regardless, the plot just got a little old and boring. They could have easily given more screen-time and have invested deeper into the details of the kids’ powers as that would have added a more sci-fi, surreal and fantastical element to the movie. I guess the superpowers were just introduced too quickly and came too soon in the movie, making them so evidently unbelievable.
Although I gave the movie a 6/10, I think you should all go and see it and let me know what you thought. We all have different opinions so share yours below! I mean why not go and see the stunning Amandla Stenberg, up next to Patrick Gibson, Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson and more?
LOVE – as always,