Film Review: ‘The Darkest Minds’

A disease that wipes out 98% of the world’s children.

Government roundups that send the survivors to concentration-camp-like rehabilitation facilities.

Heavily armed “tracers” tasked with hunting down the few who manage to escape.

Despite its PG-13 rating, “The Darkest Minds” would have been one of the darkest teen fantasy thrillers ever made — if not for all the other dark teen fantasy thrillers out there these days.What once seemed daring has become the default template for young adult fiction and, by extension, for the woefully predictable film adaptations that hope to turn these supernatural-kids-misunderstood-by-the-world stories into the next hot franchise.

Based on the first book in Alexandra Bracken’s young adult trilogy and directed by “Kung Fu Panda 2” helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson, this relatively intense adolescent-focused action movie borrows nearly all its ingredients from other popular sci-fi franchises — from “X-Men” to “Stranger Things” — and doesn’t much seem to

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