The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | PG-13 | Horror, Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Romance
130 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review


When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a great movie. I must say, 2013 did good for horror movie fans. How awesome is it for a teenager to learn that she has special powers. I wouldn’t mind a few special powers myself. Clary Fran ( Lily Collins - City of Ashes, The Blind Side, Abduction, Mirror Mirror) is a teenager that doesn’t listen much to her mother. She was distraught over her mother’s disappearance and her home being trashed. Clary learns that she descends from a family with powers and she can help to fight and kill demons as a Shadowhunter. She also learns that her mother had her memories suppressed by a very powerful warlock and had to do it often. She learns/discovers a world of demons, vampires, werewolves, witches and warlocks. Regardless of how rebellious Clary was to her mom, she did as much as possible to rescue her mother from Valentine ( Jonathan Rhys Meyers - Velvet Goldmine, Match Point, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham) .

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones did make me wonder, is there an alternate universe right under our noses that we humans don’t know about. Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Tim Burton‘s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Twilight Saga) teaches Clary about her abilities and Downworld which is an alternate New York. Director Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid, The Pink Panther 2, Long Flat Balls II) did an amazing job with this movie. It was full of action and the ending scenes were just spectacular. The portal in the City of Bones was amazing and I love how Jace pulled some of the water out from the portal and touched Clary’s face.

I would of love for Clary and Jace to be a couple and did not expect to find out the reason why they could not. The reason why is because of who Valentine is and the secret Valentine kept from both Clary and Jace.

SPOILER ALERT: I did not like that Clary and Jace were actually siblings. I thought they made a great couple and they had spark. It is so wrong for two people to fall in love and then learn, hey we are siblings so we have to put our feelings aside and still fight the demons. Clary learns that her father is alive and he is actually Valentine.

I did not read the book and thought this movie might be another Twilight movie from all the critics, but I was proven wrong. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is not another Twilight movie. It did have a scene that was a mere couple seconds that seemed like it was taken from the Twilight movie, but what is couple seconds to say it is a Twilight movie ripoff. Clary got wounded on her forearm and laid on the floor like Bella did from Twilight Saga. Clary then jokingly asked Jace if he’s going to take his shirt off now. Jace responded, "If you wanted me to take my shirt off, you just had to ask" and then he healed her wounds with rune magic. I would recommend this movie to horror fans and non horror fans alike.

About The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 2013

Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Year: 2013
Runtime: 130 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Romance
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 28 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 28
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Jared Harris, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, CCH Pounder, Lena Headey, Aidan Turner, Robert Maillet, Stephen R. Hart, Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Derek Herd, Andre Givogue, Jerry A. Ziler, Lucy DeLaat, Chris Ratz, Pedro Miguel Arce, Melantha Blackthorne, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Christopher Maleki, Bonnie Siu, Adam Bogen, Chad Connell, Anthony Grant Lake, Elyas M'Barek, Matthew Cheng, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Alex Branton, Hope Fleury, Derrick Gauthier
Writers: Jessica Postigo, Cassandra Clare
Director: Harald Zwart