The Darkest Minds           review by Bobby Blakey

With all the success of the superhero genre there seems to be a lot more popping up these days it is no surprise that more studios are latching on. The latest, The Darkest Minds based on the novel from Alexandra Bracken features a fresh young cast including Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie, but does it have anything to help it stand out in this latest sea of super powered features or will it fail to conjure the needed power to get the job done?

The Darkest Minds follows a reality where teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities and are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future. I wasn’t overly impressed with most of the trailers for this one, but as a hardcore comic fan always dig getting to see anything showcasing people with powers. The moments where these kids unleash their varying abilities is pretty cool, but sadly it’s surrounded by a rather uneventful film.

This isn’t a bad film, but instead one that just goes nowhere. The entire time these kids are on the run there is very little happening and all leads to an ending that is clearly setting up something bigger. This would be fine had it been in an already established franchise, but when you make a film that you are not sure is going to be a hit then you have to design it to offer up more while still bring a standalone film. Here they did everything to just lead up to the bigger story without ever doing anything making for a fairly boring movie. The cast were ok as a whole but there were some hit and misses with them all at times. I wanted to really dig this film and as I mentioned when the powers are in use it works, but just needed that extra something to help it rise to something more. If you have read the books you might still enjoy it, but otherwise just prepare to be left a bit hanging.   

This release not only includes the film, but bonus content including a deleted scene, gag reel, character profiles, gallery, trailer, commentary and numerous featurettes that take you behind bringing this story to life as well as a limited edition #OwnYourFuture friendship bracelet inside specially marked packs. Join the fight and grab your copy of The Darkest Minds available now on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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