The Darkest Minds is a 2018 American dystopian science fiction thriller film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Official trailers

20th Century Fox on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 released the trailer:
The Darkest Minds | Official Trailer | 20th Century FOX.

Story intro

A contagious disease called Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration kills nearly 90% of all children, leaving the survivors with unusual abilities. The United States places its remaining children in "rehabilitation camps", where they attempt to control them. The children are identified by color groups based on their abilities: Green (super intelligence), Blue (telekinesis), Gold (electrokinesis), Red (pyrokinesis) and Orange (psionic ability). Reds and Oranges are considered so dangerous to others that they are generally exterminated when discovered, though the authorities keep some Reds to use as weapons. Ruby Daly celebrates her tenth birthday with her family. Seeing her parents' concern about the disease, Ruby goes to comfort them in the night, touching their hands, and inadvertently erases all their memories of her existence. In the morning, her mother has no recollection of Ruby, calling the authorities to come and take her away. Taken to a rehabilitation camp, Ruby is examined by Dr. Viceroy. When the tests show she is an Orange, he prepares to euthanize her, but Ruby instinctively uses her abilities to convince him that she is a Green. Six years later, Ruby is found out to be an Orange when the camp's sadistic Captain realizes she is not super intelligent. The Captain uses a Red to kill Dr. Viceroy for his mistake. Cate, a worker at the camp, reveals herself to be part of the Children's League, an organization that uses the survivors as soldiers to fight against the government, and helps Ruby escape. Cate provides Ruby with a panic button that can be activated as a tracker if she is in danger. When Ruby gets visions while touching Rob, another League member, she becomes suspicious of their intentions. Ruby makes her escape with a mute little girl named Suzume (Zu), a Gold. Zu takes Ruby to Liam, a Blue, and his friend Charles (Chubs) a Green. The three agree to let Ruby join them as they try to make their way to "East River", a purported safe haven led by an Orange named Slip Kid.


Amandla Stenberg
Ruby Daly
Harris Dickinson
Liam Stewart
Mandy Moore
Gwendoline Christie
Lady Jane
Lidya Jewett
10 Year Old Ruby
Bradley Whitford
President Gray
Patrick Gibson
Clancy Gray
Skylan Brooks
Miya Cech
Wade Williams
The Captain
Mark O'Brien
Wallace Langham
Dr. Viceroy
Golden Brooks
Molly Daly
Drew Scheid
Arguing Kid
Sammi Rotibi
Paul Daly
McCarrie McCausland
Logan Siu
Faye Foley
Ethan Alexander McGee
Teenage Boy
Peyton Wich
Hot-Headed Kid
Carson Holmes
Leader Kid
Deja Dee
Morgan Gao
Young Boy
Cynne Simpson
Newscaster 1
Gino LaMont
Newscaster 2
John Crow
Newscaster 3
Tara Jones
Newscaster 4
Elika Sadeghi
Newscaster 5
Mark Mester
Newscaster 6
Izabella Dzmitryieu
Small Girl
Bruce Blackshear
Soldier (as Bruce E. Blackshear)
Grace DeAmicis
Grace Somerfield
Duncan E. Clark
Alyson Roberts
Some Kid
Darren Alford
Mall Kid 1
Kaleigh Rivera
Mall Kid 2
Catherine Dyer
Berglind Jonsdottir
Lunch Lady
Emma Fisher
12 Year Old Girl
Craig Borduin
Perimeter Guard
Charles Green
Allie McCulloch
James Badstibner
Black Ops Lieutenant
Daniel Stevens
Black Ops #1
Nick Benseman
Black Ops #2
Shannon Mosley
Secret Service Agent
Bob Gilliam
Hospital Reporter (as Bobby Gilliam)
Larkin Campbell
Hospital Father
Devon Sorvari
Hospital Mother
Isabella Zimmerman
Radio Voice Girl
DeVyne Agapito
Campfire Dancer
Bernard Bell
Campfire Dancer
Brooke Bowe
Campfire Dancer
Makenzie Collier
Campfire Dancer
Desi-Ray Morris
Campfire Dancer
Jason James Peden
Campfire Dancer
Kylah Searcy
Campfire Dancer
Skyler Semien
Campfire Dancer
Bryce Speaker
Campfire Dancer
Brennen Wiley
Campfire Dancer
Alannah Wilhite
Campfire Dancer
Ahmed Zakzouk
Campfire Dancer


Principal photography began in April 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The film The Darkest Minds was scheduled to be released on August 3, 2018 (United States), on August 10, 2018 (United Kingdom), on August 16, 2018 (Germany) and on September 14, 2018 by 20th Century Fox Argentina, Big Picture 2 Films, Forum Hungary, Odeon, TME Films, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Japan, Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E. and Imperial / Cinepix.

The duration of the film is 105 minutes. With a budget of $34 million, the film grossed over $41.1 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


The Darkest Minds got low rating from critics. But the audience likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: The Darkest Minds

Wikipedia: The Darkest Minds

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