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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

Writers:

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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Jared Harris (Hodge) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Valentine) have both portrayed the tyrannical and ambitious King Henry VIII: Harris in the 2003 TV Movie 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and Meyers in the 2007-10 Showtime series 'The Tudors'. See more »

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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

[last lines]
Clary Fray: I just don't know how to look at the world anymore. I don't see street and traffic lights and cars. I see demons and angels. Everything's different.
Jace Wayland: The world's the same. You're the one who's different.
Jace Wayland: [starts his motorcycle] Don't you remember what Hodge said?
Clary Fray: What?
Jace Wayland: All the stories are true.
[they ride off together]
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References The Thing (1982) See more »

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Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C major, BWV 846
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Harry Potter meets Twilight via Season of the Witch
24 October 2013 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I wanted to enjoy this movie, I really did. However a very annoying lead character coupled with a below average direction made it really difficult for me.

The story is the classical teen who discovers she has special powers. They probably are trying all of these movies with female leads as to attract the female audience to the productive teen fantasy movie segment. Yet, of course, the chick needs at least two guys fawning over her and protecting her until she finds out how awesome she really is. That's really lame. This year is the year of witches, all movies and series have to have one, this is one of those films.

Anyway, back to the story. Lena Headey is the mother of a freak again, married with a weirdo again, widowed again. The casting holes actors fall in these days are really specific, aren't they? The plot proceeds like a mix of Harry Potter finding he is a wizard and the Twilight love triangle ... err... angle. There is even a medieval castle in the middle of New York (that, of course, people cannot see).

Bad people are after the main character, of course, but one of them is Kevin Durand in a really tiny role. Give that guy a break, man, he is too cool for these evil henchman roles!

Since I watched Twilight and I watched Harry Potter and I can safely say I wasn't terribly impressed, but I enjoyed myself, it would have been expected to at least enjoy this film as well, but I couldn't. The love scenes are ridiculous, the fight scenes don't make sense, the magical scenes either (check out the one when they battle demons, she freezes them up, and then they try to move around them rather than just kill them like they would do just a few seconds later when the demons unfreeze) and some of the roles in the movie are really confusing, like the one of the great warlock that seems to know all, appear out of nowhere when you need him and everybody trusts him.

The acting wasn't bad, but the direction and individual scenes were clumsy and sometimes outright bad. I have no choice but to rate it a failure.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,336,957, 25 August 2013

Gross USA:

$31,165,421

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,396,573
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2.35 : 1
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