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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 07.16.18] scifi thriller

What happens when teenagers develop powers? They are, of course, rounded up and imprisoned by adults because people, in general, fear that which they do not understand. What's more, it's a bunch of teens; of course, the first instinct is "hide them away until we know what to do with them." This is the backdrop in which Alexandra Bracken's novel unfolds, the same book which is the basis for the upcoming sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds.

The feature adaptation is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson who is best known for her extensive work in animation including directing Kung Fu Panda 2 for which she received an Oscar nomination and making her the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar for an animated film.

Nelson is now making the jump to live-action with this feature starring Amandla Stenberg as Ruby, one of the most powerful teens ever encountered, as she escapes from a government detention centre, teams up with a group of other runaways with powers who fight back.

The movie also stars Gwendoline Christie, Mandy Moore, Mark O'Brien and Harris Dickinson.

The story definitely has an X-Men feel to it and I must admit I'm a little indifferent to the romance which is heavily hinted at in the trailer but I'm also curious about the movie which is adapted by Chad Hodge ("Wayward Pines") and comes from the producing team of "Stranger Things" and Arrival and though that's not really a direct indicator of quality, it certainly suggests a solid pedigree.

The Darkest Minds opens August 3.

Recommended Release: The Darkest Minds

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