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The Darkest Minds (2018)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 August 2018 (USA)
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Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.


Chad Hodge (screenplay by), Alexandra Bracken (based upon the novel by)
4,684 ( 81)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Amandla Stenberg ... Ruby Daly
Mandy Moore ... Cate
Bradley Whitford ... President Gray
Harris Dickinson ... Liam Stewart
Patrick Gibson ... Clancy Gray
Skylan Brooks ... Chubs
Miya Cech ... Zu
Gwendoline Christie ... Lady Jane
Wade Williams ... The Captain
Mark O'Brien ... Rob
Wallace Langham ... Dr. Viceroy
Golden Brooks ... Molly Daly
Sammi Rotibi ... Paul Daly
Lidya Jewett ... 10 Year Old Ruby
McCarrie McCausland ... Mike


After a disease killed 98% of children and young people in the United States, the 2% who managed to survive have developed superpowers, but have been locked in internment camps after being declared a threat. 16-year-old, Ruby, manages to escape from her camp and joins a group of teenagers fleeing government forces.

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Own your power. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for violence including disturbing images, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Peyton Wich and Catherine Dyer also worked together in Stranger Things (2016). See more »


when Ruby and company are driving away from the gas station , considering their head start it is not likely that Cate could have nearly caught to the van while on foot as she was shown to have done when the van turned onto the road. See more »


Liam Stewart: We're going to a place where kids can live together on the outside. The only people who would ever help us are us.
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Written by Junkie XL (as Tom Holkenborg)
Performed by Junkie XL
Courtesy of Lionsgate by arrangement with Ingrooves Licensing Services/B Lion Music
By arrangement with Warner/Chappell Music
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User Reviews

The Darkest Minds: Another doomed franchise
18 November 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

The Darkest Minds is the latest teen sci-fi franchise alike Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight, The Host etc etc etc and alike the majority of them will never be a fully told story.

It tells the tale of a world where 90% of kids die leaving the remaining ones with a selection of super powers (For some unexplained reason). The government rounds them up and incarcerates them out of fear killing off the more powerful ones.

It follows the tale of one girl who is smuggled out and goes on the run. But who can she trust?

Personally I loved the concept, such potential! Under the circumstances a television series would have made a tremendous amount more sense as I think this is all we're ever going to see from the Darkest Minds universe.

Our leading lady is fantastic, truly stellar performance and it wasn't until late in the film I realised it was Rue from the Hunger Games (2012) all grown up. Alongside her we have the excellent Bradley Whitford, Wade Williams, Mandy Moore and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie (Though all of them are rather brief).

One thing that struck me was the leading man Harris Dickinson, he just wasn't up to the job in any respect and felt like a weak link throughout. I can't imagine how he got the job and question castings logic with that one.

The main issue with the movie is that it's the same as the rest. What I mean by that is these teen sci-fi types take a concept and then surround it by the usual tropes that are so blatant and so excessive it damages them beyond repair. This made the film cliched beyond words and criminally predictible.

All things considered it could be worse but all the teen sci-fi tropes, the fact this is all we'll get and thus leaving us with an incomplete story and a weak leading man stopped any potential it had dead in its tracks.

Great for what it is and I see the appeal, but this is to the movie industry what pop is to the music industry.

The Good:

Amandla Stenberg

Decent supporting cast

Some very good ideas

Hearts in the right place

The Bad:

Too many tropes

Very cliched

Harris Dickinson

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Hollywood needs to go back to the drawing board on this genre

A world without kids sounds like my kind of place

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Release Date:

3 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA


Box Office


$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,842,609, 5 August 2018

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

21 Laps Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Auro 11.1 | DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1 | 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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