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THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

 
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At Theaters: 8/21/2013 On Video: 12/3/2013
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 10 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600097
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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A seemingly ordinary teenager discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Fantasy Adventure - Based on a popular young adult novel series, this is a fantasy adventure film with some romantic elements aimed at a teen and young adult female audience. While PG-13, there are a bit of scary images and a lot of action violence. Some overtones of homosexuality and even incest would be of concern to some parents, as would scary images and violence.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Lily Collins MIRROR MIRROR, ABDUCTION
Jamie Campbell Bower THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN
Lena Headey DREDD, 300
Jared Harris SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, LINCOLN
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ALBERT NOBBS, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
Director: Harald Zwart THE KARATE KID, AGENT CODY BANKS
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Production Notes Heading
About the Production
Inside the Shadow World
Clary Fray and Simon Lewis
The Shadowhunters
Fray and Family
Building the City of Bones
Characters
Mortal Glossary
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Lots of fights between people and creatures with little blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Brief alcohol.
ACTION: Lots of fights and chases.
COMEDY: Some comic lines.
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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average City of Bones lacks the energy and intelligence to achieve sufficient elevation above its overly familiar plot to make it worthy of the attention of anyone who hasn't fallen in love with Clare's books.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Poor City of Bones"' romance is at least as tortured as 'Twilight's love triangle.

USA Today Full Review
Below Average Despite some effective action scenes, 'The Mortal Instruments' gets jammed up on derivative story lines and one-dimensional characters.

NY Post Full Review
Poor In the end, there are so many special effects — to no particular effect and with none feeling special — that I could barely catalogue what was going on.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 78 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
3
High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
5
About 50/50
100%
13-19Teens (F)
20
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
14
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
28
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 78 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:Two loved it and one rated it above average.
TEENS:Two males loved "City of Bones" but three only rated it average. Great reviews from the ladies. Almost all of them loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The two males loved it. Just over half the ladies loved it but the remaining reviews are a bit disappointing since they only rated it average.
ADULTS:Just under half the males loved "City of Bones." Just under half enjoyed it very much, rating it above average. The remaining few rated it average, which is a bit low but not bad. Half the ladies loved it with approximately another quarter rating it above average. The remaining quarter only rated it average. Overall these are very good, but not quite great, reviews.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Clarissa "Clary" Fray (Lily Collins) has been living quietly in Brooklyn for as long as she can remember, when she suddenly begins to see startling and seemingly impossible things. Just as suddenly, her single mom (Lena Headey) disappears after a violent struggle. As she and her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) search for her mother, Clary begins to uncover the dark secrets and darker threats in the hidden world of the Shadowhunters, angel-human warriors who have protected humanity from evil forces for centuries.

Surrounded by demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural denizens of the Shadow World, Clary joins forces with young Shadowhunters Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), Isabelle (Jemima West) and Alec (Kevin Zegers) to locate and protect an ancient Cup that holds the key to her mother's future. Discovering abilities and courage she never knew she possessed, the young woman surprises even herself as she proves to be a formidable opponent against an array of deadly adversaries.

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