The darkest Minds
★★ 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.