The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones premieres in theaters today, August 21st 2013. It stars Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is based on the book written by Cassandra Clare and is about Clary (Collins) and her mysterious past that will lead her to see herself in a new light. She will find out that her bloodline will be the start of a new chapter in her life and change history at the same time. Check out the latest review below:
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Makes Its Own Stand
Sony Pictures didn’t wait for the release of “ The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones ” to announce plans for a sequel. Let’s hope the filmmakers learn at least a few lessons from this first adaptation of the popular teen fantasy series of novels.
To be fair, there are elements worth celebrating. The movie is thankfully less self-serious than the mopey “Twilight ” films. “The Mortal Instruments” revels in its own camp.
But there is plenty of room for improvement. The action flick is overly long, complicated and, even by teen romance standards, cringe-worthy in its cheesiness.
Based on a series of novels by Cassandra Clare , “The Mortal Instruments” story feels like a mash-up of “Twilight” and “Harry Potter .” The main protagonist is Clary (Lily Collins), a seemingly typical teenager who begins drawing strange symbols in her sleep and seeing violent images that her best friend, Simon (Robert Sheehan), cannot. It turns out Clary is a shadow hunter, or a half-human, half-angel predestined to track and kill demons. Her realization coincides with the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), another such vigilante who’s been masquerading as a bohemian artist in Brooklyn.
To find her mom, Clary teams up with Simon and another shadow hunter, the snarky, smoldering Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower). Their quest coincides with the demon-killer network’s larger goal of finding a magical cup that could save or destroy humanity; Clary’s mother was the only person who knew its whereabouts, but the information may also be hiding somewhere in Clary’s cloudy memory. The plot gets more convoluted from there, with vampires, werewolves, witches and grotesque, oozy monsters joining the mix. The special effects are good for the most part, and the chase scenes are thrilling. If only it were clearer what everyone was running from and why.
But one narrative is easy to follow: Clary and Jace are falling in love, while Simon is also enamored of Clary and shadow hunter Alec (Kevin Zegers) has eyes for Jace.
The characters are plucky and quick-witted, which is a welcome change from the brooding Edward Cullen and monotone Bella Swan. Simon has a wry sense of humor, and Jace offers up his hokey lines with a knowing wink. Even Clary admits at one point the puzzling intricacies of the plot when she says, “This is so confusing.” If only she’d acknowledged the corniness when she and Jace share an intimate late-night moment in a greenhouse amid blooming computer-generated flowers and twinkling lights.”
The rest of the review can be read at Washington Post.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is directed by Harald Zwart. Don’t miss this new fantasy film in theaters near you!
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