The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

2013-09-13 08:39
The mortal instruments
What it’s about:

A young girl (Lily Collins) finds out that she comes from a lineage of demon hunters – half human and half angel – after her mother is kidnapped by a rogue hunter. She and her normal best friend, Simon (Robert Sheehan), become embroiled in a hidden world where she meets the mysterious and alluring Shadowhunter Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) while they search for the hidden Moral Cup.

What we thought:

The Mortal Instruments is another grab at the lucrative young Twilight market, with an awkward love triangle and all, but unfortunately it didn’t hold up in the box office or with critics. It would be unfair to the books to compare The Mortal Instruments with Twilight, but you can’t help yourself. The werewolves and vampires force  you to.

Lily Collins holds strong as the lead character Clary, but unfortunately doesn’t have as strong leading men to bolster that star power. Robert Sheehan is a bit of a droopy best friend and although Jamie Campbell Bower is gorgeous to look at, he doesn’t quite do the whole dark brooding like Robert Pattinson can. But I take Clary any day over the blank-faced damsel in distress Bella/Kristen Stewart.

When you see Lena Heady and Jonathan Rhys Meyers heading up the grown-ups of the cast, you hope that it’s more than teenagers running around kicking supernatural ass. Unfortunately Lena spends most of the movie kidnapped and Jonathan does a supernatural version of his Tudor character, turning him into a pretty hardcore villain.

Despite some holes in the plotline (they were very hopeful for a sequel) and fantasy clichés everywhere you look, the action sequences were well executed and the animators gave the Shadowhunters some terrifying monsters to fight. The creators definitely had some inspiration from the Resident Evil zombies.

Even if the movie won’t make the teenagers start Team Simon and Team Jace fan-clubs, it kinda does make you want to read the rest of the series. Even if it is just to see who ends up with whom.

Another Twilight? Not exactly. This new youth audience movie wannabe-franchise falls short of the same popularity, although quite unfairly.
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