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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

PG-13 | | Action, Fantasy, Horror | 21 August 2013 (USA)
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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.

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Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,336,957 (USA) (23 August 2013)

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$31,165,421 (USA) (4 October 2013)
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In real life, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower dated in 2013 but broke up before the movie was released. In 2015, they came back together, but broke up soon after. See more »

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I want my money back.
23 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know, I really wanted to give The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones a fair shake. I mean, it LOOKED like another Twilight clone...it SOUNDED like another Twilight clone...it even FELT like a Twilight clone. (Don't ask me how I know how it felt.) But, I was determined not to judge a book by it's movie (ha!), and went to see City of Bones last night.

It's a Twilight clone. And a terrible one, at that.

Listen, it's clear that this type of movie has an audience, and I am by no means a typical member of that audience. On top of that, I am not familiar at all with the books. But none of that should matter - a movie should have enough merit to be watchable by anyone, even outside of the usual demographic. And this was nearly UNWATCHABLE.

Let's try to do pros and cons. This should be fun...

Pros:

  • Lily Collins, the main character and poor man's Kristen Stewart, was


also in Priest...one of the lowest-scored movies in BDBOS history. So...she's consistent.

  • You know those people who ALWAYS say, "The book was waaay better than


the movie"? Again, never read them myself, but I can't imagine the books being ANY WORSE THAN THIS, so at least that will be an easy argument to win.

  • Lena Headey, aka 300's Queen of the Spartans, still gets to kick a


little bit of ass.

Cons:

  • I've read that a considerable amount of the book was cut from the


movie, simply because it was impossible to fit everything into a 2-hour film. I feel like whatever was cut from the book would have made a better 2 hours of movie. So many plot holes, so many needlessly unanswered questions, so many things that DON'T MAKE A GODDAMN BIT OF SENSE.

  • Twilight did this already. If you're a Twilight person, you've seen


this movie already. Awkward, ordinary teenaged girl, thrust into a secret world where supernatural beings battle each other, and gaining multiple One-Direction-looking love interests along the way. If you told me that this movie was really called "Twilight: The Other New Moon's Eclipse At Dawn", I'd believe you without argument.

  • In God's name, WHY IS THERE AN IMAX VERSION OF THIS??? STOP IT,


Hollywood. It's hard enough to justify watching 2 dimensions of this crap.

  • This movie might actually be cheezier than Twilight. Terrible one-


liners, public shows of affection at awkward times, and a plot twist that will make you feel REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE about things you saw previously in the film.

  • When the audience (which was practically empty in my theater, by the


way) starts laughing at parts of the movie that aren't supposed to be funny...you have a problem.

  • It's over 2 hours long...and you'll feel EVERY LAST MINUTE of it.




City Of Bones scores a 1 out of 5 on the BDBOS, and should not be watched by human eyes. Vampires and werewolves should probably stay away, too.


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