Evil Movie Reviews: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones


Welcome back for another edition of Evil Movie Reviews, this week taking us to the hidden down-world of NYC. The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite book series, and if you haven’t read any of the books I strongly recommend it, especially if you have a creature obsession like me. These books are full of demons, werewolves, shadow hunters, and vampires, with lots of great characters aside from the main two. So when I heard it was being made in to a movie my demon-loving self was shivering with anticipation.

This weekend I made it to the movies for the third time this summer to catch this flick eagerly expecting to be overwhelmed with action and mystery. Sadly it was not to be, and I am just glad that I used a discount deal to go see this movie otherwise I might have felt like I was being ripped off.

The movie does have some nice CGI animated creatures, and I will give them credit for making some horrifying, exorcist-esque demons that gave me the willies, but aside from these scary monsters the movie was quite a let down.

The Mortal Instruments is a series of books about Shadow hunters, people who have angel blood in their ancestry that spend their life being demon hunters. In addition, there are many species of “downworlders” like vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and fairies that inhabit this world unbeknownst to “mundanes”, their word for regular humans. The main plot of the novels follows this group of shadow hunters trying to track down and stop the main villain Valentine and his family’s world domination scheme book after book. In addition to this main storyline, there are quite a few spin-off stories following Clary’s unmatched talent to create new runes, the Shadow hunter society’s prejudice rules and boundaries, and Simon’s transformation in to a vampire.


For those of you who have read the books, you might feel the same way that I do about the two main characters: Clary Fray and Jace Wayland. Clary is a bit of a spoiled brat who is frightened and excited when she discovers that her mother has been hiding her half-angel blood and powers from her since she was a child, and often just comes across as whiny and weak. Jace is a pompous, over-confident jerk that knows how to push everyone’s buttons. And of course that means these two are destined to fall in love, even if there were accusations that they were brother and sister. These two were my least favorite part of the books despite their main roles, but I always felt like the books made up for it with their over abundance of other endearing characters, like Luke, Simon, Magnus and Isabelle. Where the movie was a letdown was that Clary and Jace were still just as annoying as they were in the books, but the movie skimped on developing the other people who really make you invested in the books.

Jace and Clary having an awkward moment…if you see the movie you will know what I mean

Jace and Clary having an awkward moment…if you see the movie you will know what I mean

The other thing that will be hard for those of you seeing this movie without having read the book is that they leave quite a few explanations for things out. Trying to maximize their action the movie pinched on including important details, like Simon getting turned in to a vampire, and Luke and Clary’s mother’s relationship with the evil mastermind Valentine. They didn’t even explain how the iratze is used to carve runes in to their skin to give them their powers properly! I can see how if you didn’t read the books a decent amount of this flick would be confusing and just seem like they are jumping from weird situation to weird situation.

Lastly, I did notice that the score was rather lacking as well. Even when movies fail to have perfect acting or stories to motivate you, add a good soundtrack to it and it still can move you from your seat. The accompanying music for this movie alternated from weak to downright corny, making awkward scenes feel even more desperate and pathetic.

The Silent Brother, with their sewn shut eyes and mouths, were not nearly as scary in the movie as they were in the books

The Silent Brother, with their sewn shut eyes and mouths, were not nearly as scary in the movie as they were in the books.

I am saddened to write my first Evil Movie Review as a negative one, but I would recommend if you want to see this movie wait for it to come out on Blu-ray, it’s just not worth the disappointment of seeing it in the theater. But it still might be worth catching from your living room once it’s released for the small screen if you enjoy seeing creepy demons and monsters try to wreak havoc, that was the only fun part of this movie.

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Posted on August 26, 2013, in Evil Movie Reviews, Geekology, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Sadly I agree, I was disappointed as well. The casting was great, I loved Luke and Simon, but the whole thing felt muddled and rushed. I can only hope they make more movies and do a better job with those. Thanks for covering this!

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