Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Audrey Sheehy, staff writer

Released on August 21, the long anticipated “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is currently playing in theaters. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Cassandra Clare, the film stars rising actress Lily Collins and leading man Jamie Campbell Bower. With these two in tow, there was no doubt in Constantin Film’s mind that it would be a success.

Unfortunately, critics were not impressed. Endless disappointed reviews dominated the web, making the movie appear to be a flop.

From vampires to werewolves to magic, and let’s say it, hot new guys, there is nothing that this storyline doesn’t have. Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Collins) witnesses a murder in a club by Jace Wayland (Bower), an unusual teenager whom no one else can see. This is when her life begins to spiral out of control. After a series of tumultuous events, including the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary learns that she is a shadow hunter with unbelievable powers. With her best friend Simon Lewis (Robert Michael Sheehan), Jace, and Jace’s adopted siblings, Alec Lightwood  (Kevin Zegers ) and Isabelle Lightwood (Jemima West), the crew sets out to regain Clary’s memory, find her mother, and possibly regain the “Mortal Cup” that her mother has kept hidden for years.

Throughout all of this, a love triangle (or square) develops between Simon, Clary, Jace, and Alec. With all of the romance, drama, action, and a fast paced storyline, the movie was not as terrible as all of the critics made it seem. Of course, walking in with very low expectations, I left quite astonished. Sure, the story might be all over the place, but because of this it kept my attention. I mean, who doesn’t want to watch an action movie with a good love triangle?

I have to admit, I am a fan of Lily Collins, and though it was weird to watch her in a seemingly tough role, she did not disappoint. As for Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Michael Sheehan, and Kevin Zegers, you are bound to like one of them. From attractive and mysterious to attractive and nerdy to attractive and aggressive, the movie does well in the aspect of appealing to many different teens through these three completely different characters.

For all of the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” fans, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is something you should see. If you miss it in theaters, it is also a great pick for any get together with friends.