The Mortal Instruments City of Bones (2013) Movie Review
Released : Aug. 21st, 2013
Reviewed : Dec, 23rd, 2013
Genre : Action
Story (from IMDB) : 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.
Off the heat of the now done Twilight film series The Mortal Instruments (which I guess is a popular book series) attempts to come in and make their stand with films. Does it do well in that though or fall short?
Being based off a book (off which I have no knowledge of) they really push a lot into this film. To simply put it, after seeing a murder at a club one night our lead character Clary gets a call from her mother before she is kidnapped, finds out she isn’t entirely human and has powers, then sets out on a adventure to save her and everything in between. Add subplots in there and twists to just throw even more into the fray. It it clear they either had more content than they knew what to do with or just tried to jam as much into one film as possible.
Time to start with the negatives of the film however. The story itself never really grabs you. It feels like so many parts of similar movies strewn in together that nothing feels too fresh. Add a twist towards the end which is just over the top and laughable involving incestuous ties (I won’t spoil it too badly). Now throw in the fact that the movie clocks in over at 2 hours it is one of the longest of its kind. Being 130 minutes long isn’t a strength though for this as it drags in many parts. For the story to be as lackluster as it is having drawn out scenes detailing it doesn’t help at all.
Don’t expect Oscar worthy acting either. Don’t even expect good or sub par acting. Just like Twilight either everyone is acting like they are constantly in pain and agony or don’t know how to act normal with others. Lily Collins as Clary does a decent enough job holding the lead roles. If you don’t count the stupid character choices that is though. She is really beautiful so you can give her a pass on the mediocre acting. Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace acts as if the mere interaction with someone else is too much to handle. Plus his one liners and supposedly funny lines always fall flat. The rest of the cast really aren’t worth mentioning either and can be summed up as boy in love, tough girl, rude guy, bad guy 1, bad guy 2, and things like that.
Now what this film does right are the action scenes which thankfully there are a good deal of. They are stylized well showing off each persons fighting ability and generally start to pile up a body count of sort (even if the bodies do disappear). In a film where everything is working against it almost the action saves the day. Though the final fight scene does end with the save the day scenario going completely against things that had happened in previous action scenes.
Overall I don’t think this kicked off the series like expected so seeing sequels may not happen. Other than having some decent action scenes there isn’t much of a reason to watch this unless you need a new fix to go with your Twilight obsession.