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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Family Movie Review

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MPAA Rating

for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive

Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Harald Zwart

Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan

Constantin Film Produktion

Release Date/In Theaters

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones begins like many teenage plots, with a teenager that is just going about her business until something extraordinary happens. For Clary, this extraordinary event is that her mother is attacked and kidnapped by a demon. This is not something that happens every day, but this is the event that begins the plot of this movie. Clary is suddenly whisked into a world that she never knew existed in order to find her mother and save her. This family movie review has more on this tale of the New York underworld.

The story takes place in New York City. One night, Clary meets at strange tattooed character who turns out to be no ordinary human. She is a half-angel warrior known as a shadowhunter. After Clary's mother is abducted, she turns to this angel for help. A golden portal opens and she is transported through time space to another world. It is here that Clary realized that she has special powers too. She must learn to use them in time to save her mother.

She will soon get plenty of practice, as she must fight the forces of evil in an alternate New York called the Downworld. Here half-angels battle demons to protect our world from taking over our world. Clary and her band of Shadowhunters battle vampires, demons, warlocks, werewolves and a host of other creatures in her fight to save her mother.

This fantasy is rich and has a rather simple main plot, but several subplots that are interwoven in for interest. It is a dark movie full of suspense. It is definitely not one for the younger members of the family, unless you want the little ones in bed with you because of nightmares. There are many scary creatures and the movie is heavy on violence. There is a nightclub scene with drinking. The monsters come out of nowhere suddenly and are very startling. They seem to jump out at the audience. There is lots of weapons play, including swords and flamethrowers. It is not suggested for those under their preteen years. There is some mildly suggestive sexual content, but the younger children might not understand it.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is an excellent fantasy movie for those that enjoy the genre. Teens that are into vampires and other monsters will enjoy it immensely, but the little ones will find this one much too frightening. This is a teenage movie, but not necessarily a kids movie.

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