Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Opens August 21, 2013 
  • 2 hr 10 min
  • PG-13 | Intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is an adaptation of the novel of the same name.  The book based on a series of books by Cassandra Clare stars Clary Fray who is played brilliantly by Lily Collins as a shadowhunter who is unaware of her heritage.  As a shadowhunter, she is part angel/part human with the ability to see beyond the "mundane" world and yield special kick-ass abilities.  I've never read the book, so I can't say if it's a faithful adaptation, but it is good summer movie that is visually pleasing.

The strength of the movie is undoubtedly the creative creatures and amazing special fx that is peppered throughout the movie.  Also of benefit is an amazingly Benetton-like good looking cast.  They're not just looks though as Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan among the others delivers solid performances.  The only thing that keeps it down a notch for me is the tediously long plot where Director Harald Zwart tries to cramp as much book material into the movie.

The movie is geared toward a teenage female audience and will bring you nostalgia of Twilight with its Vampires and Werewolves (as well as the before said mentioned good looking cast).  But as far as the initial movie of the franchise it exceeds the original Twilight by far even with its Korean drama-like plot.  City of Bones many subplots and twists will have you convoluted and twisted and sometimes scratching your head.  It could have done a lot better in answering its own questions as far as why Clary's mother did what she did, and why the villain Valentine wants the chalice among other loose plot holes.  From what I understand the book and subsequent books tie up a lot of the questions left unanswered.

Overall, I would recommend this film.  The scene with Clary and the Rottweiler demon is among my favorite scenes of the movies.  The clever quips between Clary and Jace will have you smiling after you leave the theater.  The movie though is not for everyone with its teenager romance drama.  But if you can stomach that, the movie is definitely worth watching.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Lily Collins as Clary Fray
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland
  • Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis
  • Kevin Zegers as Alec Lightwood
  • Lena Headey as Jocelyn Fray
  • Kevin Durand as Emil Pangborn
  • Aidan Turner as Luke Garroway
  • Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood
  • Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane
  • Jared Harris as Hodge Starkweather
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine Morgenstern
  • C. C. H. Pounder as Madame Dorothea
  • Robert Maillet as Samuel Blackwell
  • Stephen R. Hart as Brother Jeremiah
  • Elyas M'Barek as Vampire Lieutenant
  • Chad Connell as Blue-Haired Demon

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