The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
In New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager named Clary Fray (Lily Collins) learns that she is descended from a line of Shadowhunters -- half-angel warriors who protect humanity from evil forces. After her mother (Lena Headey) disappears, Clary joins forces with a group of Shadowhunters and enters Downworld, an alternate realm filled with demons, vampires and a host of other creatures. Clary and her companions must find and protect an ancient cup that holds the key to her mother's future.
Release Date: August 21, 2013
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Perhaps this movie would be best represented in song, a remix of Julie Andrews‚Äô ‚ÄúThese are a Few of My Favorite Things.‚Äù You know the tune, so read along in a sing song-ish voice. Vampires, werewolves and mystical creatures Teen love and bromance in Hollywood features Love triangles involving non-human beings These are a few of my LEAST favorite things. Overdrawn fight scenes and backflips galore Poorly written lines won‚Äôt make you want more ‚ÄúI am your father‚Äù we‚Äôve already heard Did I already mention the acting is absurd? Girl finding out she‚Äôs a prodigy child Nothing about the violence is mild A movie that‚Äôs tailored directly for teens The City of Bones isn‚Äôt far from Queens. When the vampire bites When the werewolf fights When I‚Äôm feeling bored That‚Äôs when I know I‚Äôve been watching a show Called the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. For Parents: This movie contains several violent scenes and graphic images of demons in different forms. Teens are charged with the responsibility to kill the demons. Profanity isn‚Äôt a huge ordeal with this one. Violence is real concern. There are also themes of some men having interest in other men on a romantic level. On another note: If you have seen Twilight, I am Legend, Ferngully or Avatar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Star Wars‚Ä¶ Well, you‚Äôve seen this movie. But all of those are better.
The Mortal Instruments serves up a healthy supply of dangerous beasties including vampires and werewolves, alongside the requisite teen love triangle. There's plenty of black leather and brooding going on, but not a single zombie because in this universe they simply don't exist - and yes, that got a big laugh from the audience. And speaking of laughs, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones does take itself - and the source material - very seriously, but also dishes out humor whenever possible (something that was lacking in Beautiful Creatures)... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
It's tough to have faith in a movie where the big climatic love scene is greeted with laugh out loud derision by preview audiences... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Given the inappropriate thematic territory into which this adaptation of the first in a series of bestsellers by Cassandra Clare strays, however -- not to mention a higher volume of mayhem than is usual for the genre -- many parents will find the film completely unsuitable for youngsters... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
This is a film geared to audiences not quite ready for The Hunger Games, and Bones won't test kids' nerves. At slightly over two hours, though, it will test parents' resolve to remain awake. Credit Bones with putting female characters in first-rate action scenes. But even they can't overcome writing that occasionally borders on monstrous... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Mortal Instruments is an action packed film geared toward the younger crowd... Due to the overwhelming demonic content, sexuality and violence as well as one inappropriate use of the name of "Jesus" we cannot approved this film for family viewing... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
The first volume of Cassandra Clare‚Äôs popular YA The Mortal Instruments series has been respectfully brought to screen in another attempt to tap into the Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games/Buffy audience. The problem is that fans of those series may find that too much of this story is derivative of themes, characters, and quests they have already seen... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Is there anything worse than being called mundane? Apparently not if teen movies are reflective of real life. But it‚Äôs not good enough to just be undiscovered royalty or a celebrity-in-waiting... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Of all the suitors to the ‚ÄúTwilight‚Äù crown, ‚ÄúThe Mortal Instruments‚Äù series has the most potential to get the attention of the tweener crowd. Other hopefuls, ‚ÄúThe Host‚Äù and ‚ÄúBeautiful Creatures,‚Äù did not fare well earlier this year. So the mystical, magical door is wide open... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewAugust 21st, 2013 · Details
It‚Äôs a stilted, silly mishmash of earlier fantasy franchises, with the occasional decent joke and frequent brawls involving swordplay andbackflips... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewAugust 20th, 2013 · Details