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The Darkest Minds

  • 2018
  • PG-13
  • 104min
  • 18%
  • 5.7 / 10

Teenagers suddenly develop powerful abilities, and this has deemed them a threat by the government, which causes them to be detained. Ruby is a sixteen-year-old girl who possesses unparalleled power. She escapes the prison where she is being kept and meets a group of runaway teenagers like herself, and together they journey to seek a safe haven.

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The Darkest Minds is another entry into the dystopian genre. Historically, George Orwell’s 1984 is recognized to be the progenitor of dystopian novels. The entry of young adult dystopian fiction came with Lois Lowry’s The Giver, which was published in 1993. Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games eventually followed, paving the way for other young adult dystopian series like Divergent and The Maze Runner. These books have greatly appealed to its teenage audience, mainly due to its narrative being told from the perspective of a teenager. However, despite its success, the genre has been criticized for its overuse of tropes. One of the most common occurrences that can be found throughout the series of young adult dystopian novels is the “tyrannical government”, featuring robot-like, emotionless rulers who oppress the poor majority. Another fictional device that authors use in the genre is the presence of an incurable disease – usually an instrument that oppresses the protagonist or a group of characters. The Darkest Minds was seen by critics to be committing the same clichéd tropes found in countless young adult dystopian novels.

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The Darkest Minds, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, with the screenplay written by Chad Hodge, is a dystopian thriller based on the young adult novel written by Alexandra Bracken. Its cast features Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, and Gwendoline Christie. Released on August 3, 2018 by 20th Century Fox, the film was a flop at the box office with only $41.1 million earned against its production budget of $34 million.