The Darkest Minds

Based on the popular young adult novel, ‘The Darkest Minds’ launches in UAE cinemas on August 23rd and will be the first live-action film for director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, best known for her work on the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

‘The Darkest Minds’ starts in a turbulent America where 98% of the children’s population have died of a mysterious disease, the remaining 2% of the surviving children develop powerful abilities and are declared a threat by the government and detained.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe-haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough, and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

The unique powers which the children possess are colour coded into five unique classifications:

Orange is for those who developed telepathic abilities. Ruby played by Stenberg is classified as an orange and develops the ability to read minds, influence people’s actions and thoughts, alter or erase memories, and change the feelings of others. Clancy Gray played by Patrick Gibson is also classified as an orange and develops telepathic abilities.

Gold is for those who developed electrokinetic powers. Zu played by Miya Cech is classified as a gold and develops the ability to create and control electricity. They are considered one of the more dangerous.

Green is for individuals who developed enhanced mental and intellectual powers. In the film, Chubs develops heightened problem-solving abilities and a photographic memory.

Blue is for those who developed telekinetic powers. Liam played by Harris Dickinson is classified as a blue and he develops the ability to move objects with his mind.

Red is for those who developed pyrokinetic powers. Red classified individuals have the ability to create and manipulate fire. As a result, they possess immense destructive potential, and are considered amongst the most dangerous of the PSI – and the most challenging for stunt coordinator Jack Gill.

“The movie is about kids being able to use these powers in order to survive, it’s a lot of action, but it’s also a lot of heart. ‘The Darkest Minds’ hinged on audiences identifying with the characters’ struggles and being able to see themselves in this nightmare. We wanted this to feel like a reality that we live in today and recognize,” says the film’s director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

“It’s what makes the powers unique, they contrast with our otherwise normal reality. You should be able to imagine being able to go out right now and see someone doing these amazing things, so we didn’t want to place this film in some far off time period or futuristic and obscure place. We want audiences to believe this could happen,” continued Yuh Nelson.

The film stars Amandla Stenberg as ‘Ruby Daly’, Harris Dickinson as ‘Liam Stewart’, Miya Cech as ‘Zu’, Skylan Brooks as ‘Chubs’, Mandy Moore as ‘Cate’, Patrick Gibson as ‘Clancy Gray’, Lidya Jewett as ‘Young Ruby’ and Gwendoline Christie as ‘Lady Jane’.

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