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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

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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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Harald Zwart

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Jessica Postigo (screenplay by) (as Jessica Postigo Paquette), Cassandra Clare (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Collins ... Clary
Jamie Campbell Bower ... Jace
Kevin Zegers ... Alec
Jemima West ... Isabelle
Robert Sheehan ... Simon
Robert Maillet ... Blackwell
Kevin Durand ... Pangborn
Godfrey Gao ... Magnus Bane
Lena Headey ... Jocelyn
Harry Van Gorkum ... Alaric / Werewolf
CCH Pounder ... Dorothea
Jared Harris ... Hodge
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Valentine
Aidan Turner ... Luke
Stephen R. Hart ... Brother Jeremiah (as Stephen Hart)
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Storyline

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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Worlds will collide August 21 See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cazadores de sombras: Ciudad de hueso See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,800,000 (United Kingdom), 21 August 2013

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,336,957, 25 August 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,165,421

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,565,421
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In the novel, Isabelle is taller than Clary and than most boys, but in the film, Isabelle is shorter than Clary. See more »

Goofs

When Simon is hiding from Pangborn and Blackwell, we see 2 lightbulbs with pointy ends. After Pangborn stares hard to see if he sees anyone in the side room, we see a regular clear lightbulb in one of the sockets instead of the pointy one that was there when he walked in, and after he leaves. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Clary Fray: Why can I see you when no-one else can?
Jace Wayland: You're not a mundane.
Clary Fray: What's a mundane?
Jace Wayland: Someone from the human world.
Clary Fray: Well if I'm not a human then what am I?
Jace Wayland: You wouldn't believe me if I told you.
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Performed by He is We featuring Adam Young
Courtesy of Republic Records
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Great Movie for everyone, not just the Twilight crowd
20 August 2013 | by wraytogoSee all my reviews

First of all you need to know this review is coming from a 39 year old Male who has never read the books. Having heard the hype that this was the next twilight series (which I dutifully, but barely endured as a good husband)... this movie is NOTHING LIKE TWILIGHT AT ALL. Heres why:

This is a movie made for more then just teenage girls and soccer mom's. It's has real action, solid acting, good cinematography, and dwells more on the storyline then romance.

Having never read the Mortal Instruments books, I was a little leery of seeing the movie and being totally lost. My fears were unfounded as the first hour of the show does a solid job of laying out the storyline. The first hour did seem a little long for me, but was well worth it and necessary as it made the last hour understandable and fly by with its non-stop action. This is nothing like what I was expecting after having to endure the twilight films with their horrible acting and cheesy cinematography. As well as multiple one-hit wonders of werewolf/vampire/demon shows that have come out since. This show had legitimate effects, great action scenes, and some really good acting performances. Here's my breakdown:

Effects: From the beginning this film proves it's a step above with cinematography and effects. The demons were gruesome, scary, and awesome! When supposed humans turn to demons, this is done very well. One questionable effect towards the beginning of the show was easily forgotten due to the many excellent effects during the whole show.

Action: Having seen Jamie Campbell Bower on the red carpets just moments before seeing the show, I had serious worries about him being able to pull off a believable action figure due to his skinny frame. Oddly, it was the action scenes where I enjoyed his acting the best and believed he was the main man. On the whole, the fight scenes were very engaging, particularly the ending sequences. There were two times though, I wished they had made the fight scenes a little longer to show more of a struggle to overcome.

Acting: This is where I was most pleasantly surprised. Lily Collins and Robert Sheehan stole the show in terms of solid, believable performances. Jamie did a convincing job and exceeded my expectations, but did fall a little short at subtle times as his skinny frame could not be overcome in the shot. His attempt to be seen as tough when his stature said otherwise caught me at times. I felt like all the performers were engaging though, with the exception of the role of Magnus. I'm not sure if it was his acting or the role they put him in, but it just didn't seem to fit the character he could/should have been. Readers may feel differently here, I was just confused if he was intended to be a tough guy or a joke.

Storyline: Understandably they had to lay the foundation of the storyline, which for the first hour they did. There was a lot of information to take in the first hour and honestly I began to doubt how they were going to take this load of info and tie it all together by the end. I was amazed at how well they did it! The last hour flew by as they did an excellent job of tying in each element and doing it with very compelling drama.

Overall I'd give the movie a B+. Solid acting and action stood out and will make a very satisfying experience for any non-reader who watches the show.


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