Awesome movie! LOVED it!
Harry Potter is the most successful Young Adult franchise to this day with another series about Newt Scamander’s Adventures on the big screen. The Hunger Games started the Dystopian era in Hollywood, where movie studios were looking for Young Adult Dystopian novels to adapt to the big screen. Pretty much all of the Hunger Games movies grossed $1 billion dollars worldwide. After the Hunger Games there was Divergent and The Maze Runner series, as well as my favorite dystopian novel The Giver was also adapted into a movie the same year that the first Maze Runner hit the big screen.
The Darkest Minds definitely fits in with Young Adult sci-fi novels as well as Young Adult dystopian thrillers such as Marie Lu’s Legend and Ayn Rand’s classic novel Anthem.
I did a double feature one day this month at the movies, since where I lived it was over 100 degrees outside, I decided to go see 2 movies. The Darkest Minds first then Disney’s remake of Winnie The Pooh called Christopher Robin.
I LOVED The Darkest Minds when I saw this movie, that I saw it 3 times at the theater, it’s that good. The Darkest Minds revolves around Ruby. In her life, there were kids that were getting sick and dying. However, those that survived the sickness get powers based on the color that their eyes turn when their powers start. Greens are intelligence, blues are telepathic, yellows have powers surrounding electricity, reds have abilities surrounding fire, but the rarest of them is orange meaning mind control. Ruby’s power is mind control, and the way the story unfolds is very touching in numerous parts. Such as the scene when the main characters gather supplies at a mall, or when Ruby and Charles (Chubs) find the frequency of a place that the main characters wanted to go to. There were also 4 funny scenes, 1 occurred close to the end of the movie.
I enjoyed this one WAY WAY more than Mile 22.
Profanity- a-hole, The s word is used 4 times
Violence- 6.5/10 The violence in this movie is mild compared to Avengers Infinity War, it’s about on the same level as Ant Man and the Wasp and the Spider-Man movies. None of the action scenes in this one have a lot of blood, the main characters are however in peril throughout the movie. There’s a scene towards the end with a lot of fire, and a lot of characters in peril. Thankfully the violence is handled in a PG-13 way and not in an overly violent disturbing way.
Sexual content- There’s one part in the movie when Ruby is almost raped by a character, she says, “no, stop,” and slaps the guy, and left.
There’s also mild flirting between 2 characters, and one kiss scene towards the end of the movie.
Positive Role Models- The main characters risk their lives for each other throughout the scenes when the characters are in peril. Ruby is also a great role model for girls as well as the character Zu.
Positive Themes- Yes, The main theme I took from this is the characters relying on their inner strengths to survive as well as a message of empathy and loving each other, especially those of us that are different than us.
I think that this movie is okay for preteens that are 11 years old, because at that age, they’ve seen a lot of superhero movies, and The Darkest Minds is probably too intense for those under 11.