The dark­est Minds

Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN -

★★ OUT now / CERT 12a / 105 mins

DI­REC­TOR Jen­nifer Yuh Nel­son

CAST Amandla Stenberg, Har­ris Dick­in­son, Mandy Moore, Gwen­do­line Christie

THE LAT­EST ADAP­TA­TION of a Young Adult novel bank­ing on the trend not be­ing quite over yet. Set in a world where mil­lions of chil­dren have died, the sur­vivors have gained su­per­pow­ers, then been locked up for it. it fol­lows Ruby (Stenberg), a pow­er­ful 16-year-old who breaks out and teams up with other es­capees to find a fa­bled safe haven. The leads have chem­istry, but any ob­sta­cles — in­clud­ing an eas­ily guess­able main bad­die — are so quickly over­come, it be­comes frus­trat­ingly pre­dictable. And it could have done with sharp­en­ing up its edges — in­ter­ject­ing more po­lit­i­cal themes, and spend­ing less time on the levity of its cen­tral ro­mance.

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