The young adult novel adaptation was once at the pinnacle of cinematic popularity. “Harry Potter”, “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” helped turn the concept into one of the biggest guaranteed cash grabs in Hollywood with every studio trying to grab their own YA franchise the same way they’re trying to copy the Marvel Cinematic Universe now. But somewhere along the way things went wrong and now the YA adaptation is one of the hardest sells in the business with studios trying to revive it more than cash in on it. That brings me to “The Darkest Minds”, 20th Century Fox’s attempt to try and squeeze whatever’s life is left from the YA craze with a formulaic and derivative dystopian adventure that pretty much hits all the notes you would expect, for better or worse. So, does that make “The Darkest Minds” a truly boring retread or does this film stand on its own despite its clichés as a fun big-screen experience? Let’s find out. This is my review of “The Darkest Minds”.