In a world where every horror story creature is real, the Shadowhunters keep things safe for mankind, but when the mortal chalice is revealed, Clary Fray (Lily Collins) must find its location and keep it from the demons who wish to possess it.
Clary was kept in the dark about her powers by her mother Jocelyn Fray (Lena Headey) to keep her safe, but this becomes a problem when her mother disappears. She is now forced to figure things out on her own and to find out who she can trust. With help from a good Shadowhunter named Jace Whalen (Jamie Campbell Bower), together they try to rediscover what information has been locked in her mind and try to stop the evil Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and his league of demons from locating this most important but lost relic.
With New York’s demons, vampires, werewolves, and evil Shadowhunters trying to locate the mortal chalice, a team of good Shadowhunters, Jace, Alec (Kevin Zegers), Isabelle (Jemina West), and Hodge (Jared Harris), are trying to help Clary find and locate this important piece before it’s too late. Along with her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan), Clary is able to discover that someone put a spell on her to lock her memories of her past in hopes of protecting a secret she possesses.
Director, Harald Zwart puts together this interesting story that involves danger, action, and mystery. He puts together a great special effects plan that helps develop this film into and exciting adventure that can almost be believable. Zwart also is able to include the storyline from the novel “City of Bones” and express it well to the audience, but lacks the character description covered in the book.
“The Mortal Instruments” is a wonderful and adventurous story that is sure to entertain and supplies good special effects, action, and a great storyline. It does lack a lot of information about the characters that would be helpful to understand the story better. It tends to have a lot of action scenes that make it hard to follow, but does have an amazing conclusion.
Final Grade: I give this a C+ for its original storyline, good special effects, and lots of action scenes.
Release Date: August 21st, 2013
Director: Harald Zwart
Runtime: 130 minutes (2 hours and 10 minutes).
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content.
Production Company: Sony Pictures Releasing.