Monday, September 30, 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review
When film people look back at the beginning of the new millennium, I wonder what they will think of filmmakers creating fantasy backdrops and putting young actors in the mists of it.

What is it about the teenage love story that attracts fantasy elements. Is it that people want those perfect love endings for themselves in the real world? I never knew, but I suppose that would make sense. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is based upon a series of novels. This movie focuses on a girl (Lily Collins) whose mother (Lena Headey) mysteriously disappears. The girl discovers she belongs to a secret group of warriors who are battling demons worldwide. Yes, there is a slight love story involved in it all as well, as to be expected.

Yet through a different premise, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" doesn't add up to much except for semi-famous young people dressing up like goths and killing demons.

Oh, and the title is a little too long.

This isn't a complete dead-end like "Twilight," the acting is actually a step up. Lily Collins is a fairly gifted actress. I think most of her fumbles come from the script, not her performance. Lena Headey also does pretty good work. Kevin Durand, Jared Harris and Jonathon Rhys Meyers are probably the three most recognizable faces in this entire movie, and they make their scenes count. Although, I did really like the rest of the cast; Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers and Godfrey Gao all do pretty well here too.

There are some moments that definitely surprised me. There is a crazy scene involving a dog that mutates itself to look like something out of John Carpenter's "The Thing," which I thought was pretty cool. The effects overall aren't bad, there is a lot here that has potential. I just wish the screenplay worked a little bit better and complimented the good work we see.

If Hollywood continues to adapt this series, one thing is for sure. Get this project some decent screenwriters. If this is done, I think the rest of the series can shine.

FINAL GRADE: C

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