The Darkest Minds (2018)
Critic Consensus: The Darkest Minds does little to differentiate itself in a crowded field of YA adaptations, leaving all but the least demanding viewers feeling dystopian déjà vu.
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Despite its radical potential, it's disappointing to see this story fall back on what's considered typical teen stuff.
There's a lot that's confusing or poorly set up. That's a script problem, but also a lack of emotional direction and momentum.
The Darkest Minds is such a formulaic hodgepodge of secondhand plot points that it can't help but feel like an insult to its target demographic: just another case of adults trying to manipulate kids, this time by bilking them out of their allowance.
Even... rushing through a story better articulated in the book, the filmmakers demonstrate that neither they nor this adaptation can be easily written off.
The film's bittersweet conclusion is strong enough to provide real narrative impetus for the inevitable sequel.
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