The Darkest Minds Review: Criticism Of The Movie

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds Review: Criticism Of The Movie

Is there still room for adaptations of bestsellers for teenagers? We must believe that yes, since Fox proposes The Darkest Minds. Which is nothing other than a transposition on the big screen of the novel Les Insoumis by Alexandra Bracken.

The story of the movie

In the near future, the world is discovering that teenagers are one to one decimated by a mysterious virus. While governments seem to have no solution, some of these young people survive. But nevertheless develop destructive psychic powers. Soon, the surviving teenagers are parked in centers. Where they are then classified by color according to their dangerousness. The movie follows in particular Ruby, a girl who manages to escape and join a group of rebels fleeing the military launched in pursuit. She is still far from imagining that she will be at the center of a real revolution.


Adapting the very first volume of a saga six volumes long (at the time this article is written). The Darkest Minds has the heavy task of installing a visibly dense universe. But since we know the duration of the movie (1h40). We have little hope on the will of the scenario to be something other than a pure entertainment of adolescents.

In just 20 minutes, we have already put aside the main elements of the main scenario – the world that goes crazy after teenagers develop powers – to pass on a survivalist adventure where everything is strangely intertwined. When Ruby arrives in the center where she is going to be parked. She meets a doctor who will suddenly help her without really understanding her true intentions. This temporal sequence, more than questionable, sums up the problems of the movie quite well.

We find that Chad Hodge, the scriptwriter, tried to do what he could with the time we gave him. Even though we saw him more in the writing of series, where the intrigues have time to set himself up (he has signed Good Behavior and Wayward Pines in recent years, as well as Tru Calling in 2003). Everything clashes too quickly, until we lose on the road. We can feel here and there that a whole section of the novel was put in the trash to quickly reach the “final” confrontation. And again, since it is only a brief glimpse of what we owe theoretically see in potential suites. The feeling of having missed something is present regularly.


It is all the more unfortunate that the atmosphere is at the rendezvous. For a director who has so far worked on animated movies (Kung Fu Panda, in particular). It is not surprising to see that the atmosphere is licked and engaging. In the absence of an exciting story, we can say that the coating is rather successful.

Amandla Stenberg plays the lead role, Ruby, and is doing pretty well in this exercise. It is however Harris Dickinson who confirms all the good that one thinks of him since the excellent Les Bums de Plage. It is not a bogoss made to excite any young spectators in the room. Its game is really interesting and really carries the heavy atmosphere that emanates from certain confrontations. The rest of the cast is however much less noticeable. Patrick Gibson (seen in The OA) is not helped by laughable dialogues and a cliché or badly thought-out character. while Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie do not have enough roles to play well.

Red card finally for the soundtrack that abuses pop songs where they do not happen, we immediately out of the movie.


In the end. We do not really know what went wrong to arrive at this little disappointment that is The Darkest Minds. The fault of editing or the universe poorly mastered by both the screenwriter and the director? What is certain is that, if not digestible, this new adaptation is bathed in an interesting atmosphere. Which is also promising, but never really striking. A summer love in short.

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