New Action Movie ‘The Darkest Minds’ Declares Teens as Threats to Society
“The Darkest Minds” is a new action movie set in a world where 98% of all children have died of a terrible disease. Only 2% of them are left, but the survivors ended up with mysterious superpowers that they often couldn’t control well.
The government then declared teens as a threat to society and ordered all parents to turn in their children so they could be detained.
One of the most powerful teens named Ruby, 16, escaped from her camp and joined a small group to find safety and take control of their own future.
It’s the first live-action film for director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, best known for her work on the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Nelson thinks many people can relate to this movie.
“It’s not just about being a teenager. Everyone has been in that place when they are not completely comfortable with who they are. It’s about facing the things about you that you aren’t happy with, that you consider a flaw, and being able to grow into this place of being able to embrace those things. Being able to access what makes you unique and use it as a strength.
“This story follows a character that, in the beginning, is powerless and essentially frightened and ashamed of what she is. And by the end, you watch her grow. You watch her become this empowered strong character being able to do things she never thought she could do,” said Nelson in a press release.
The original story was written by Alexandra Bracken, and the film is the first in a trilogy (The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, and In the Afterlight). She disclosed that Ruby, played by Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”), who is given the strongest superpowers, will be facing more challenges.
“There are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.”
This film is rated as PG-13 and will be in theaters on August 3.