The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

David Perez, TSV Staff Writer

The movie starts as Clary (the main character) begins discovering her powers, including the ability to see the world of demons and magic that has always been there, but hidden from “normal” people. After a few less-then-surprising events Clary meets the shadow hunters, a group of similarly empowered demon hunters, and the story takes off.

With witches, vampires, werewolves, and demons, if you’re looking to get your supernatural fix, this movie delivers. If you’re a fan of teenage love triangles, this movie’s got you covered; however, if you’re looking for something new and original, with some plot twists and surprises, then you will be disappointed.

There were a few parts that seemed weird and didn’t make much sense. You’ll find yourself asking “Why?” from time to time. “Why did she do that?” or “Why didn’t they just…?” All the questioning doesn’t take away from the film though, which is a plus.

This movie is predictable. Throughout the film you’ll find yourself guessing correctly how the plot unfolds, but it doesn’t take too much away from the movie. Every time a surprise happens, it happens in a cool and visually appealing way. When you predict certain interactions to happen between characters, the actors do their job so well, you still feel for the characters and what they go through.

The movie really depends on its fight scenes, and they deliver. All of the fights have a sense of desperation. Lives are on the line, and the heavy implications of these fights add a serious tone to the movie that works very well.

Fans of the book may be in for a few surprises, as the movie changes a few minor details from the book.

The story keeps things simple. There are “good guys” and there are “bad guys”, and they fight. There was a good mix of action and drama throughout the film. Although the movie lacked surprises, it did hold my interest the entire time. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was a good movie, you’re not going to say to yourself “That was a great movie.” at the end of it, but it was good, and worth watching in theatres.