The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Harald, Zwart 2013)

In 2013 another book series written by Cassandra Clare was adapted into a film. From the craze of the Hunger Games, Maze runner and divergent came another thrilling story about a teen on an adventure to save the world and everyone they love. However, this time the Mortal Instruments brings in the supernatural, instead of your stereotypical evil dictating government.


When Clary Fray (Lily Collins) notices strange symbols around New York, she enters a nightclub with the exact same marking, only to stumble upon a few people who in fact can’t be seen by anyone else. One of these strange figures turns out to be Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) a shadow hunter who tells Clary that she is magical. As a result of her new “powers” she and Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan) are dragged into the word of demons, vampires and werewolves, eventually leading her to the truth as to who she really is.

The film opens with the perfect beginning, some really bad poetry and a muurrdddeeerrrr. But when you are the only person who can see the murder and you start to scream really loud in a room full of people then those people will think you are crazy. Then when you walk into your room full of strange symbols, you will probably think that you are crazy. However, this fear is very shortly lived as she is confronted by our tall, dark, hansom stranger, with the most incredible jaw line I have ever seen… who happened to be the killer from the previous night (So he is basically the perfect man).

If all this wasn’t enough information for our poor Clary, then running into a dog that turns out to be the strangest looking demon I have ever seen, would defiantly convince her of the supernatural all within the first 10 minutes of the film. Yes, much like our beloved heroin, we are also not given enough time to think everything through. However, luckily for both us and the characters a witch lives in the flat underneath, how convenient.

 “Downgraded from a cottage to an apartment”.

This witch then begins to explain basically everything and I mean begins because she runs upstairs to accidently smack her best friend over the head with a fire extinguisher. The film knows how to drag this out and confuse EVERYONE.  Then to confuse everyone even more, they add in random characters with some interesting conditions. Yes, we have now seen demons, shadow hunters, witches and werewolves and the film has just begun. Talk about a fast moving plot. But some of us may find this a plus; no one likes a film that has way too much introduction before the film actually starts to get good.

Another bonus to the film is the fact that they give us enough people to drool over no matter your sexual preference. You can pick from your attractive hero of the film, the very sexy nerdy best friend, the heroin of our film, the very hot British female hunter and the two extremely attractive gay guys.  What more could you want?! Tattoos, that’s what, nearly everyone in this film has some very hot tattoos. But remember this is Hollywood so everyone is attractive.

Eventually, luckily for us our heroin is brought to an underground cult (nothing suspicious about that) to get her memories back so both she and the audience can find out who she is and where the cup of immortality is. This for some reason causes her to need to dress up as:

“Someone who’s phone number belongs on a bathroom wall”

and for everyone else to wear 100% black. This is all done to find the witch, who removed all her memories in the first place. Remember, if you want something done dress like a prostitute first.


However, life isn’t all that simple, as the very sweet and innocent Simon is taken by Vampires. Yay another monster added to the list of supernatural creatures they squeezed into this film. But this does finally give the film the excuse to show our team of shadow hunters in action and trust me you will not be disappointed. 5 people and a pack of werewolves against 50 vampires does get pretty intense. And to add to all this a little romance is brought into the equation, along with one of our beloved characters being turned into a vampire.

In addition, to reinforce my previous argument that this film is very complicated a door that can take you anywhere and the fact that Mozart, his music not the person, can scare away demons is brought into this over complex plot line. But to keep the audience at bay, they do also add some very Avatar looking flowers and kissing in the sprinkler system.  If I wanted to keep going I could say that Clary can put stuff into paper and then take it back out, everyone is in love with each other blah blah blah.

All this plot development leads Clary to figure out where the cup is, only to be instantly attacked by another demon. However, since there happens to be a piano, the demon can be cared away by Mozart. It is all rather confusing. Unfortunately, when the cup is brought back there is betrayal; much like all the stereotypical films. In addition, Clary’s evil farther shows up along with half a dozen or so demons… it’s all kicking off now! However, out of the blue Clary makes up a symbol that can protect people from demons. This even seemed to confuse the other characters let alone us lot.


During the last scenes we then get plot homage to Star Wars where everyone is related. This includes two people who are doing things with each other that certainly shouldn’t be done by brother and sister. But this fact is overlooked when they decide that they want to ignore this little DNA discovery and continue to be with each other. This will lead everyone to think; is he dating is sister or was her father lying to them? Again this film asks more questions than it answers.

Overall, the film is fantastic, a bit odd, extremely confusing and has some really cool monsters. It is just a shame that they haven’t made a second.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

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the hunger games

The hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)








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