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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Movie Review

Humorous moments, intriguing ideas, magnificent concepts are sacrificed at the altar of kill-joy explanations in Mortal Instruments.

Perhaps not all great books end in a great movie.

And for once we are disappointed that the movie did show a beast dog in the movie; we would be ashamed to be a part of Mortal Instruments, and our sympathies go to their kind!

The story of Mortal Instruments revolves round a supposedly ordinary teen Clary Fray [Lily Collins].

Lily Collins speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International, for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. LicenseSome rights reserved by Gage Skidmore

Lily Collins speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International, for “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.
LicenseSome rights reserved by Gage Skidmore

Egged by her innate sensitivity to perceive symbols and people invisible to others, a realization dawns on her that she is not the average teenager she believed herself to be.

When assailed by demons, Clary’s mother [Lena Headey] goes missing.

Clary assisted by boyfriend Simon [Robert Sheehan] ‘Shadowhunter’ [from the Secret Cadre of young half angel warriors from which Clary is also descended] and Jace Wayland (Campbell Bower) – is galvanized into action and they enter ‘Downworld’.

A Special Cup called ‘The Mortal Cup’ – whose whereabouts the dark forces believe Clary is aware of – has to be tracked to avert undreamt of catastrophic upheavals should it land in wrong hands.

The love triangle woven half heartedly into the plot remains a dead beat, maybe because of the protagonist’s lack of vivacity.

Flooded with vampires, demons and weapons of all shape and size, witches galore, not to leave out an overload of special effects and the dark and scary violence, the film charts an all too familiar course of a clash between the good and the evil.

Mortal Instruments is filled with scary scenes that entrap the sense of fun as the audience watches tattooed Shadowhunters trying to protect or the pair of thugs with shape-shifting demon dog in tow kidnapping Clary’s mother or whether the film tells that Bach the composer was a Shadowhunter!

Oh well, try and avoid Mortal Instruments.

Rating: 0.5 Paws

By Joseph Rana, Editor-in-Chief, His Master’s Review

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