THE DARKEST MINDS Blu-ray Review
When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. One of the most powerful young people, Ruby, escapes from her camp and joins a group of runaways who are seeking a safe haven. Betrayed by the adults in power, this newfound family soon realizes that running is not enough — they must use their collective powers to wage a resistance and take back their future.
Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Written By: Chad Hodge (screenplay by) & Alexandra Bracken (based upon the novel by)
Starring: Amandla Stenberg (Ruby Daly), Mandy Moore (Cate), Bradley Whitford (President Gray), Harris Dickinson (Liam Stewart), Patrick Gibson (Clancy Gray), Skylan Brooks (Chubs), Miya Cech (Zu), Gwendoline Christie (Lady Jane), Wade Williams (The Captain), Mark O’Brien (Rob), and more.
Genre: Sci-Fi & Thriller
Runtime: 104 Minutes
- English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
- Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
- French: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Urdu: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Hungarian: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Polish: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Turkish: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
- Resolution: 1080p
- Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
- Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
- Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, & French
- Remember- A Look Beyond Ruby and Liam’s Last Kiss
- Gag Reel
- Jennifer Yuh Nelson: Heroine at the Helm
- Character Profiles
- Storyboard-to-screen Comparison
- Feature Commentary
I give The Darkest Minds Blu-ray a B+.
In The Darkest Minds, A virus starts killing all the children in the US one by one. The ones who survive develop superpowers which the Government now fears. The surviving children are gathered up and placed into camps according to their abilities. Greens had heightened intelligence. Blues had telekinetic abilities. Yellows could manipulate electricity. Orange could control minds and had telepathy. Reds are firestarters. The Orange and Reds were terminated and considered dangerous except for Ruby Daly. Ruby manages to manipulate the Doctor to place her in Green. When her cover is blown, she escapes. She then meets up with other children and forms a family. Together they fight to keep their future alive.
I really enjoyed this film. It kept my attention from beginning to end. It reminded me of a CW-type show, but with X-Men. Though the storyline is a bit different the powers that the children/young adults had are similar.
There are many things I like about this film. The superpowers that these young adult/children had is what caught my attention – being able to move objects, manipulate electricity, manipulate minds, manifest fires, and being super smart. Their eyes lit up to their abilities (Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Red). When I saw that they placed these children in these camps and separated them by their abilities it was sad. It reminded me of a prison and no kid deserves that treatment. Unfortunately, people fear what they don’t know or understand. The romance between Ruby and Liam was cute. The actors had great chemistry. You were rooting for them to fall in love. It was heartbreaking to see Ruby and Liam have their first kiss but in the process, Ruby erased every memory of her from Liam due to her abilities.
Catch The Darkest Minds out on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital October 30th!