the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

mi city of bones

run time: 130 mins
rated: PG
considered: Action, Adventure, Drama
starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

movie summary: 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 Downworld. (

my thoughts: The anticipation and build up to the Mortal Instrumentals: City of Bones turns out to be all hype and not a great final product. Someone, somewhere in the world said “Hey, do you want to sell books and make movies? Create a story based on a love triangle!” City of Bones is no different from Twilight or the Hunger Games in that regards. Bella Swan has to decide between Edward Cullen or Jacob Black, while Katniss Everdeen has to act like she loves Peeta Mellark, but is actually closer to Gale Hawthorne. These triangles sell books and fill seats at the movies.

Clary (Lily Collins) was just a oridinary girl living in New York City, before she finds out her true identity as a demon killer. After being introduced to a world she never knew existed, she is asked to save it by rescuing a magical cup. jealousy problems arise when her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) tags along from the real world and her new guardian Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) falls in love with her.  When the movie doesn’t focus on her brewing love problem, it presents a very complicated storyline with werewolves, vampires, demons, and unknown underworlds that require you to think harder than you should while watching a movie. A lot of this fantasy story makes no sense and the only clear sense of direction is good and evil people are looking for this magical cup that only Clary knows where it is.

City of Bones is over two hours in length and features about 30% acting and 70% special effects. The script calls for some very funny one-liners, but the only bright spot of this movie and forthcoming franchise is Lily Collins can act. She is a beautiful actress who can express powerful emotions unlike other emotionless female leads in other franchises. If you read the books AND enjoyed them, you may not be disappointed when you check this out, but if you steered away from the series for a reason, you are wise like the many empty seats at the movie theatre I was in.

my star rating: 3 out 10

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