The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

2013

Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Horror / Mystery / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 12%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 117314

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Lena Headey as Jocelyn
Lily Collins as Clary
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by xristoff93 3 / 10

How could Clare allow this abomination? Insulting and painfully ugly!REMAKE!

-So this is the story of the Mortal Instruments, City of Bones, supposedly based on the novel. The story is about some fierce hybrid warriors, humans that share the blood of angels(Nephilims-Shadowhunters), the only way the Angel left allowed humanity to protect it's existence from dark powers. -The book focuses on certain characters during an era of what seems to be peace. But someone is pulling the strings from the shadows since long ago and action is set into motion by the villains and some random events. -A certain teenage girl gets dragged into the World of Shadow and crazy things start happening, revealing things about her and her life that she completely ignored up to that point. Jace,Alek,Izabell and Simon accompany her into this messed up turn of events and the adventure begins. While the book drags you wholeheartedly into a world of magic, young love and suspence the movie fails beyond any imagination/expectation. -Of course, noone would expect that it would be easy to pass a 500page book into the big screen and not leave certain things outside-and that would be understandable,I mean we have all watched Harry Potter,LotR etc and did not go crazy about it. But this movie....Oh this movie....has disgraced every bit of the book. -The story is different, things that have never happened in the book are there while other much more important things are either completely absent or totally twisted. The personalities of almost every character is changed and watered down so they lose almost everything special about them. Even friends who have not read a single line of the book could not feel any connection to the characters,sympathise or even understand certain parts of the story because things are constantly thrown in without any explanation. The plot was perforated and rushed, the romance between the 2 protagonists felt forced and was full of cheesiness, while in the books I could describe it as the definition of true and unfathomable young love. -Jace is supposed to have long hair and golden eyes,beautiful and fierce like a vengeful angel, with a tough personality, full of internal conflict and true kindness burried deep within and that was his charm. Clary was supposed to be fiery and stubborn but also sweet and fragile and we see none of that. Jace in the movie appears like a drug addict. The scene of the kiss was just making everyone feel uncomfortable. As for Valentine, he is supposed to be an older tall man, with great power and long blone hair,almost white,he is complex with a twisted sense of morality...And here is presented like an one sided thug who looks like Jace's elder brother with ridiculous outfit and short brown hair like he came out of some club in a backstreet in Brooklyn . Totally ruined!! -The crazy thing is they actually spent 120 million dollars for this production. Where was all that money spent on? This story held great potential. It could have been even greater than the Harry Potter universe. Now it's not even worth mentioning. -In the theater only 14year old girls seemed to enjoy it. The rest laughed and cringed the whole time with this pathetic outcome of a movie. -Why did they not stick to the original story? How could Clare allow this to happen? It is reasonable to care about money, she must have made a ton out of selling the rights for this movie to happen.But didn't she care at all about her fans, let alone her legacy as an artist? Despite how it pains me to say it, and it trully does since I fell in love with this story as soon as I laid my eyes on this book's first line, this movie was an utter failure and an insult even, towards all fans that supported the author. She should have known better. MAKE A REMAKE!!!

Reviewed by mockinghare 9 / 10

A very underappreciated adaptation that is truer to the books than the TV series

  • - - This review may contain a few minor spoilers - - -


In my opinion this is quite a fantastic adaptation of Cassandra Clare's first book in the The Mortal Instrument series. It's fast-paced and full of everything that makes Fantasy fun: friendship, betrayal, magical creatures, witches, the struggle between good and evil although those are sometimes not easily identified...

Lily Collins - though lacking book-Clary's signature flaming red hair - is a perfect cast for the character of Clary and funnily enough after watching Aidan Turner's performance as a vampire in "Being Human" I thought he would be perfect for the role of the werewolf Luke. Cudos to the casting director, he truly found the perfect actor for each role and the chemistry between Clary/Jace and Luke/Jocelyn (even if they got very little screen time together) was superb. I also enjoyed that the characters all really had their own distinct voice and personality. Jace's arrogance and hidden vulnerability really came through in Jamie Campbell Bower's performance and the same goes Clary, whose bravery and determination were great fun to watch. You go, girl!

All in all this adaptation is pretty true to the books with a few minor changes as those scenes or plot lines would have not translated to the screen too well. I was impressed by the cinematography and the contrast between modern NYC and the Shadowhunters' medieval kind of world and lifestyle. Fortunately the vomit-inducing incest storyline was basically capped from the movie (or at least we know what was what from the get-go unlike in the books).

As with most movies this one had a few flaws as well. The screenwriter apparently did NOT understand how the portal worked! Valentine reaching out from beyond it was a cheap horror movie moment that was both point- and senseless. What is going to happen with Simon now that he was bitten? This should have been explained. I'm also disappointed they cut one of my favorite characters from the movie: Raphael Santiago. Not that it actually matters since there won't be a second movie unfortunately. If you paid attention to the background story/flashback scenes you understood why Valentine was adamant Clary drink his blood from the Mortal Cup but I think this may have been confusing for those who didn't read the books. The same goes for Clary's talent to create runes, which admittedly isn't explained in book #1 but on screen this suddenly appearing talent seemed just like bad writing. They needed to somehow magically turn the tables during the end fight and then voilá, Clary discovers this previously never mentioned or explained talent to save the day.

I would have loved to see the original trilogy adapted completely. The TV show is so poorly produced, the acting so sub-par and the entire story only loosely based on the books anymore that I couldn't get through more than a few episodes.

Reviewed by paigelaurenwelburn 3 / 10

visually stunning: The film that could have been

Here we see a film ruined by Hollywood film industry bulls*~t. for all intents and purposes this film was visually a breathtaking piece of art. As a fan of the source material I can say without a doubt that when i read the books this is the world that I picture. The atmospheric world building in this film is spectacular.

The props were authentic to the very minute details. They built weapons and tools like the stele's that simply don't exist in this world and managed to bring them to fruition with flare.

The cast and costume was on point. the character descriptions fit the cast to the letter. the colour pallet fit into the magical otherworldly element of the books, sticking to oranges and reds and blues. And don't even get me started on the score. It was magnificent.

Everything about this film screamed atmospheric and authentic to the source material. There in lies all of this films issues. It's all superficial. in the midst of hyped teen franchises like the hunger games, harry potter and divergent, the industry put all there efforts into a rushed release of this franchise. The creators clearly had no regard for the content. they over shot and sacrificed content for money and tried to mesh elements from the first 3 books into 1 poorly constructed plot for the sake of attracting teens not familiar with the books.

The acting leaves something to be desired curtousy of the cheesy and poorly adapted script, choosing to shoot for whimsically funny...but falling flat.

Pacing is clunky and all sense of why you sat down to watch this film is lost in the 2nd act. The conclusion is anticlimactic and makes no sense. Clary kind of froze her dad to death...but didn't. but maybe she did since it was never explained.

Everything from a content point of view for this film was just awful. It screams rushed and poorly executed. And it's a damn shame too. This very well could have been the next harry potter teen sensation film franchise...but unfortunately it fell through the cracks of the money grabbing film industry.

This may be the Prettiest film I've ever hated.

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