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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.
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.
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull Review Poor City of Bones"' romance is at least as tortured as 'Twilight's love triangle.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Despite some effective action scenes, 'The Mortal Instruments' gets jammed up on derivative story lines and one-dimensional characters.
NY PostFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.