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 the children throughout the United States, leaving the survivors with unusual abilities. As a result, the government places the survivors 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 ordered exterminated. 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 erasing 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 captured 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, a teenager with the psionic ability to get into people's minds
Lidya Jewett
Young Ruby
Mandy Moore
Cate, a doctor and member of a group fighting against the government
Bradley Whitford
President Gray, Clancy's father
Harris Dickinson
Liam Stewart, a kid with telekinesis, Ruby's love interest
Patrick Gibson
Clancy Gray, the president's son, with psionic ability
Skylan Brooks
Chubs, a kid with super intelligence
Miya Cech
Zu, a younger kid with electrokinesis
Gwendoline Christie
Lady Jane, a bounty hunter of superpowered teens
Wade Williams
The Captain
Mark O'Brien
Rob, Cate's colleague
Wallace Langham
Dr. Viceroy
Golden Brooks
Molly Daly, Ruby's mother
Sammy Rotibi
Paul Daly, Ruby's father


Principal photography began in April 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The film The Darkest Minds was scheduled to be released by 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 on August 3, 2018 (United States), on August 10, 2018 (United Kingdom), on August 16, 2018 (Germany) and on September 14, 2018.

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:

Wikipedia: The Darkest Minds

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