The Darkest Minds

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The Darkest Minds add to the long list of dystopian films taken from the novel. Honestly, I’m not very enthusiastic about waiting for this film. The situation might be different if the film was released 10 years ago, when the movie dystopia was busy again. And now, The Darkest Minds comes with the premise of superhuman strength. Can this film show its strength to be able to look different between similar films that have similar story patterns? I still have hope. When I watch this film, I get rid of all the assumptions that previously came to mind. The result? Best Movie


The Darkest Minds tells the story of a group of super-strength teenagers who are hunted by the government. Yes, instead of having a fate like P-Man who always gets full support to eradicate crime, the youth consisting of Ruby, Chubs, Zu, and Liam are actually considered a threat. Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) who managed to escape from the detention camp then met with Liam (Harris Dickinson), Charles “Chubs” (Skylan Brooks), and Suzume “Zu” (Miya Cech) in the middle of his escape. The four then plan to go to a place where people who have the same fate as them can survive.

I wonder what is in the minds of producers when they will adapt the novel The Darkest Minds (TDM) into the film. The concept of the story offered actually has the same premise as some similar films which are also based on novels. The concept has been present in several dystopic film sets in the world such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. Even if you look at the final results of TDM, this film reminds me of Divergent.

How not? Like the Divergent, The Darkest Minds also have the concept of human classification based on status. If Divergent divides its population by faction, TDM divides super-powered children through the level of color classification. Starting from Green at the bottom which is considered not so dangerous, going up to Blue which is considered to be slightly dangerous, going up again to Gold which is considered quite dangerous, then to the level of Red which is considered very dangerous, and the peak ends in the Orange color considered the most dangerous. Movie Review

Can you guess which character the Ruby is in? Yup, orange! By placing the main character as ‘the chosen one’, the cliche pattern can be seen. I even grinned to myself when there was a dialogue between Ruby and Liam that analogized that Ruby was the same as Harry Potter, because they were both ‘elected’ figures.

If you want to compare it further, the concept in this film is similar to Katniss in The Hunger Games, Tris in Divergent, and Thomas in The Maze Runner who also hold the role of ‘important’ as the main characters in their stories.
The film goes slow and long-winded. The premise of a simple and lightweight story is actually executed with a convoluted. Top Movie Site

The issue of equality is in the spotlight that is often reviewed lately in the world of Hollywood cinema. TDM also included this element of equality without exception. But unfortunately TDM also raised a number of things that were analogous in describing the character’s characterization. The concept of multiracial is still added to the theme ‘it’s okay to be different’, which seems to be a symbol of equality for LGBTQ groups because it is often considered different in society.

In other words, The Darkest Minds indirectly wants to try to lift the minor things behind the theme of the story. One positive thing that ended up backfired because it finally felt like a stereotype. For information, The Darkest Minds consist of five novel series: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, In The Afterlight, Through The Dark, and The Darkest Legacy. With all the questions hanging in the first film, who knows what this is intended as a bait so that the audience is interested in the next film.

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