Film Review: ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

A ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness.

Set in a world of scantily clad demon hunters, bisexual warlocks, and a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness. Even by the genre’s lax standards of plausibility, not a whole lot coheres in this first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling urban-fantasy series, a muddled mash-up of Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon with a little “Men in Black” thrown in for good measure. While its tattooed torsos, fantastical f/x and precociously kinky undertones suggest a focus group’s notion of what teenagers want from their entertainment, this Canadian-German co-production could have a hard time overcoming the B.O. curse of recent fantasy fare like “Beautiful Creatures” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” Still, the Screen Gems release should benefit from a five-day opening weekend devoid of much direct competition.

The next film in the series, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes,” is already set to begin production this fall with director Harald Zwart (“The Karate Kid,” “The Pink Panther 2,” “Agent Cody Banks”) back at the helm, suggesting a measure of studio confidence that will be adjusted upward or downward depending on how “City of Bones” performs. Still, at a bloated 130 minutes, this overstuffed f/x extravaganza has that desperate, cram-it-all-in quality typical of a franchise-starter wannabe, suggesting the work of individuals not entirely convinced they’ll be back for the sequel, or that there will even be a sequel.

Jessica Postigo Paquette’s screenplay all but crumbles beneath the weight of its convoluted mythology and hormonal melodrama, as well as its narrative obligations as an origin story of sorts. The film spends an inordinate length of time waiting for dark-haired Clary (Lily Collins) to realize that, although she likes to argue with her mother (Lena Headey) and attend crappy poetry readings with her nerdy best friend (Robert Sheehan), she is not, strictly speaking, just an average New York teenager. In fact, she’s descended from a long line of Shadowhunters, a race of magically gifted leather-clad fighters who do battle with the demons that walk undetected among mankind.

One of the reasons Clary belongs in the Shadowhunters’ company is that she can see them, a gift not granted to ordinary muggles (er, “mundanes,” as they’re called here). And what a sight they are: Clary’s guide to this invisible world of rites and ruins is Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), a mildly androgynous blond heartthrob whose presence, more than that of any witch or vampire, is what primarily defines this story as a fantasy. Jace is lusted after not only by Clary, but also by his Shadowhunter buddy, Alec (Kevin Zegers), who nonetheless keeps his desires under wraps. Far less inhibited is Magnus Bane (Taiwanese model-actor Godfrey Gao), drolly described as “the high warlock of Brooklyn”; his first appearance in heavy guyliner, piercings and a disturbing blazer-and-boxers combo is a thing of very dark magic indeed.

That scene sets up the film’s subtlest joke, suggesting it can be hard to tell the difference between a supernatural shindig and certain enclaves of New York nightlife. (The costumes were designed by Gersha Phillips.) These outre touches and flashes of self-aware humor are what sustain passing interest in Zwart’s film, providing welcome distractions from its needlessly complicated, none-too-intriguing story, in which Clary tries to track down her missing mother and retrieve something called the Mortal Cup — a much-coveted artifact whose specific properties remain an utter mystery even after you’ve heard everyone whisper about how important it is for the better part of two hours.

The plot is essentially one long tease, anyway; it’s established early on that Clary’s knowledge of her Shadowhunter past has been deliberately suppressed, a fairly convenient device from a screenwriting standpoint (it’s not a plot hole, it’s a memory block!). In short, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is the sort of frenetic fantasy that piles on the pyrotechnics, the prosthetics and the simpering romantic interludes in lieu of any genuine sense of wonder or emotion. Those who fall outside the film’s intended viewership may pass the time by contemplating the surprising sexual conservatism of the Shadowhunter universe, or perhaps the curious resemblance between Jace and a character from a far superior epic franchise (Cassandra Clare achieved her early fame as a popular and controversial figure in Harry Potter fan-fiction circles).

Even when the story requires her to dress up like a fetish-ball Cinderella, Collins can’t do much to engage our attention in a character who is by turns stubborn, angsty, indecisive and a bit slow on the uptake; having previously played Snow White in “Mirror, Mirror,” the actress may want to reconsider taking on too many films of this ilk in which she is not allowed to be the most compelling thing onscreen. As one of Clary’s two love interests, Bower sells his brooding-Brit act persuasively enough and wields a sword handily in the generally incoherent action sequences. On the adult side of the equation, Headey is a fiercely watchable presence in her too-brief moments; CCH Pounder and “Mad Men’s” Jared Harris enliven the proceedings as vaguely sinister characters operating on the story’s periphery; and Jonathan Rhys Meyers momentarily jolts the film awake as a louche Shadowhunter who expands the film’s stew of pop-cultural influences to include “Star Wars.”

Much of the picture’s relatively modest budget seems to have been applied toward scenes of metamorphosis, in which hitherto benign characters suddenly shift into demon mode, while some of the more bizarre gadgets on display — a fire-generating pentagram, a glowing aquatic memory portal — are well visualized by the f/x team even when the script is at a loss to explain their purpose. As ever, Toronto makes a workmanlike stand-in for New York, while production designer Francois Seguin brings rote but effective Gothic touches to bear on his sets for the Institute (the Shadowhunters’ Hogwarts-style safe house) and the underground catacombs that explain the second half of the film’s ungainly title. Atli Orvarsson’s unmemorable score is supplemented with snippets of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which tie into one of the script’s better gags.

Incidentally, in a departure from usual practice, the Los Angeles press screening of “City of Bones” was preceded by a trailer for Sony’s upcoming “One Direction: This Is Us,” while the screening of “One Direction: This Is Us” was preceded by a trailer for “City of Bones” — all presumably to maximize awareness among two target audiences with a fair amount of overlap.

Film Review: 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'

Reviewed at the Grove, Los Angeles, Aug. 19, 2013. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 130 MIN.

Production

(Canada-Germany) A Sony Pictures Entertainment (in U.S.) release of a Screen Gems, Constantin Film Intl. and Unique Features (TMI) presentation. Produced by Robert Kulzer, Don Carmody. Executive producers, Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, Martin Moszkowicz. Co-executive producers, Veslemoy Ruud Zwart, Joel Negron.

Crew

Directed by Harald Zwart. Screenplay, Jessica Postigo Paquette, based on the novel by Cassandra Clare. Camera (color, Panavision widescreen), Geir Hartly Andreassen; editor, Jacqueline Carmody; music, Atli Orvarsson; music supervisor, Christoph Becker; production designer, Francois Seguin; art director, Anthony Ianni; set designer, Kimberley Zaharko; set decorators, Steve Shewchuk, Patricia Larman; costume designer, Gersha Phillips; sound (Datasat/SDDS/Dolby Digital), Greg Chapman; supervising sound editor, Nelson Ferreira; sound designer, Christian Schaaning; re-recording mixers, David Giammarco, Andrew Tay; special effects coordinator, Tony Kenny; special effects supervisor, Mark Lawton; visual effects supervisor, Edward J. Taylor IV; visual effects producer, Jo Hughes; visual effects, Mr. X; stunt coordinator, Jean Frenette; line producer, Hartley Gorenstein; assistant directors, Marty Eli Schwartz, Jim Brebner; casting, Stephanie Corsalini Ligorner.

With

Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. (English dialogue)

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  1. Brian says:

    Just worthless compared to the books

  2. Brian says:

    What where you thinking twighlight you had to make this beyond twighlight this city of bones was cheesy.. the book was amazing find a true producer to make this soooo amazing

  3. I love “City of Bones”.. Also the most exciting novel for the youngsters these days. What is it ? it’s fifty sahdes of grey , I just read the book and totally in love with the way Author has expressed her self. Great imagination. So waiting to to watch the movie now

  4. city of bones is an amazing movie cant wait to see city of ashes

  5. Danielle DePriest says:

    Part 2 …. please! Mission accomplished, I was left wanting more!

  6. Annette Faucheux says:

    Looking forward to the follow up movie

  7. marie says:

    Ok… I LOVED THE BOOKS, Cassandra is one of my favorite authors and The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices are the best books I have ever read. In my opinion, its nothing like twilight. There are many books that have vampires and werewolfs, so why does it has to be copying twilight?
    An about the love triangle, is nothing like twilight either. Jace is a Shadowhunter not a vampire, Simon is a human not a werewolf and Clarissa is a Shadowhunter(just like Jace) not a human. And copying HP because of the muggles? Well,mostly every fictional world has humans, and in TMI & TID they are called Mundanes not Muggles. And I’m pretty sure neither Magnus Bane nor Ragnor Fell uses a wand to do magic.
    About the movie…. I like it, but it was not what I expected. I expected better. It tried so hard to be funny that some important deatils were jumped. It annoy me the fact that Simon didnt turned into a rat, nobody metioning Idris, poor deatils about the Uprising, no Valentine vs. Luke fight, no Jace REALLY believing that Valentine is his father and Clary his sister, no portal showing Idris and breaking into crystals,no portal at Madame Dorothea, no Jace taking a pice of portal showing Idris, no Jace going to the hospital to see Jocelyn (because clary thought that Jocelyn will wake up if she hears Jaces voice). And they should have made the viewer be sure that Jocelyn is in a complete comma, so that tells the viewer like: SORRY SHES IN COMMA, YOU NEED TO WATCH THE NEXT MOVIE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS) And it needed more Jace/Clary scenes(romance). And at last, they REALLY needed to let clary kill the demon that is at her house, that would have shown that she is really brave AND THE FIGHT WAS NOT IN THE INSTITUTE! and the institute was not suppose to be destroyed, plus Hodge was suppose to flew away because he is a coward.
    BUT, I still think the movie was pretty cool. And I will watch it again ;) I just really hope that if there will be a second part, they had to make it better (not so funny).. City of Ashes is more about trying to discover who you are and trying to wake your mom (both, Clary and Jace). And they have to make the people hate Imogen Herondale(the Inquisitor).. so that they never forget who she is, because she is a very important character(in my opinion)… so that when (spoiler) Jace discovers who he really is in city of glass, the people remembers Imogen and they have to be like: OMG THAT B*TCH IS HIS GRANDMAAAA… and they have to put all of the scenes of simon/vampire!!! And they have to mention Idris and show the Clave!!!!

    I’m really looking forward to City Of Ashes. I hope they make it…

    by the way, this is just my opinion.

  8. amy holland says:

    i absolutely love this serious…of course the book and movie are going to be different..i expected that..i missed simon turning into a rat…but oh well..i expected clary to be a nerd so to speak and isabelle to be drullingly sexy…an I found clary sexier than her…if anything to be different, more on clary and jace ( Im reading city of ashes and am waiting to be told the truth that they aren’t bro and sis, I wanna see them in a sex scene) and more in detail as the book was with the ‘shawdowhunter’ history and world..also a little bit more on valentine and Jocelyn..want to see more in detail of each downworlder environment as well…over all I absolutely love city of bones and find my self wanting more from clary and jace…love those 2

  9. WonderingY They Jackedupmymovie says:

    Jace was painfully skinny, Magnus was boring and flat, Isabelle is supposed to drip sex appeal, and she didn’t, and Valentine bore absolutely NO resemblance to his description in the book. And let’s talk about the fight scenes… Jace is supposed to be a superior shadowhunter. It seemed to me like he was getting thrown about quite a bit until he got to his fight scene with Valentine. And why did Valentine have those horrible braids in his hair? Really? All this talk of HG, Twilight, and Harry Potter… Valentine looked more like a knock off of Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages. Just made me sad. Smh. Please don’t make a part 2 until u fix all of your flaws! Revisit Valentine and Magnus!

  10. themortalinstrumentswillfailsohard says:

    How DARE you even MENTION Joss Whedon in this redonkulous artical about this stupid movie I want to forget before it even comes out. Shame on you.

  11. jayedee says:

    Ok well i have just watched “TMI” “City Of Bones and i’am currently reading “City Of Lost Souls”, so i figured i might as well add my own two cents worth since everybody has an opinion and is entitled to it, right? Ok so the books i have really enjoyed as well as been a little frustrated by but you get that as with most things in life, but as for the movie well i’am slightly dissappointed, for the obvious reasons of being a lot of key details being left out but regardless i still loved the movie. And as for the movie being compared to big name productions of the likes of “Harry Potter” or “Twilight” i can see similarities but only slight ones and “TMI” IS completely on it’s own in it’s own way. Now i’am NOT a tween nor a teen and i’am absolutely in love with fantasy/fiction books/movies and the reason being is for the escape it gives me to an amazing world of the imagination….unfortunately what quite a few people are lacking in, then you have these awesome authors with these wild imaginations that if you let them take you on a wonderous journey of the mind, and it does’nt matter which genre you love more, wether it be book/movie? So am i a hardcore fan??? Well the answer is a big FAT “YES” of nigh all fanasty based literature, YA novels “YES” and i’am 31. There is not enough fantasy based movies made from books let alone that are made well. We as a whole have more than enough of “Horror”, “Action” , “Drama” , “Comedy” , “Thriller”, “Indie” , “Porn” and unfortunately “Reality Shows” if i wanted to watch real life drama queens i’d go for a walk……and see plenty. Anyway that’s just my opinion.

    • themortalinstrumentswillfailsohard says:

      You need to grow up and try reading an actual book for a change, you are 31 and still having wet dreams about vampires and werewolves? Get over yourself, go read Tolkien, oh wait, it would be too much for your tiny, simplistic mind to comprehend. There are no shirtless teens chasing after young girls :/

      • maxh says:

        Oh nice. I’m 30 and I love reading YAF (except Twilight – urgh) especially when it is well written and imaginitve. And yeah I am a fantasy geek so I have indeed read (and reread) Tolkein, Brooks, Zelazny et al. You don’t seem to understand that some of us can have eclectic reading tastes and aren’t defined by what we ‘should’ read but what we enjoy reading. Berk.

  12. brad says:

    As of Sat morning, it looks like a bomb, thank God.

  13. angel says:

    If you want more information on why this movie is so bad and why its based on crappy original text read this review.

    http://theweek.com/article/index/248587/girls-on-film-the-confounding-problems-of-fan-fiction.#

    It will give you the insight to see this movie for the sub-par crap that it is.

  14. Monica says:

    Alright, I must say that Jane Austen is my favorite author, and I’ve read classic literature. If you look in my kindle you will find more classics lit than anything else! So I don’t think it’s fair to say that if young adults read more books in this context they would understand why TMI sucks… I love Cassandra Clare, and for you to say her writing is bad is pretty messed up. I’m not ashamed to say she is one of my favorite authors.
    And about the movie being bad? It wasn’t too bad. I liked that they actually got most of the stuff from the book into the movie. Yea they changed a few things, but not so much that you can’t even tell where the book plot is. I’m a person who HATES book to movie adaptations and I didn’t mind seeing this movie. The only thing that was bad about the movie was that they totally told everyone that clary and have aren’t siblings. Other than that there isn’t much to cry about!!!!
    Yea and for those who say young people should read more classic literature, I picked up Dante’s Inferno because of Cassandra Clare, not to mention A Tale of Two Cities. Which, by the way, I hated the first time I read it. If she can make me pick up another good book then why the heck not keep reading.

  15. Most of the reviews are bad because people you comment in opening week are obviously hardcore fans. I didn’t like the movie so much because I’ve read the series and it was amazing. I was already expecting this movie to be awfull, but it wasn’t.
    If you see, all the bad comments are about the differences between the book and the movie. You can’t expect the movie to be as good as the film!
    I’m pretty sure anyone who hasn’t read the books would enjoy this movie a lot. It was done beautifully and they kept some of the original lines (which made the script not so bad), the acting was good and the soundtrack was fine.
    Even though there weren’t flying motorcycles and the plot and ending were different the movie was good and any bad comments about it are from a fan who has just arrived from the theater and it’s angry as hell. Like I was.

  16. Aimee says:

    As a Mortal Instruments lover who has read the series numerous times, I was infuriated by the movie. I was seriously ready to walk out after 30mins. I understand things may need to be altered or put into a different order so people who haven’t read the series can understand what is going on, but to take extremely poignant scenes and change EVERYTHING is ridiculous. They COMPLETELY 100% altered the ending and straight up told you the biggest bombshell of the series is a lie.

    The screenplay writer needs to be told to find a new profession. Thank you for destroying an amazing work of fiction by turning it into a mockery and a joke. J.H. Bach as a Shadowhunter?!?! You’ve gotta be freaking kidding me. Every detail Paquette “added” to the story did nothing but detract from it. I know there are a lot of details and in depth mythologies, societies, and cultures, but Harry Potter proved that it is possible to convey all of these things in the “show don’t tell” manner, a rule which Paquette blatantly ignored. All of what made these books amazing was traded for pointless action scenes that did nothing to add to the story (and weren’t in the original anyways).

    I can’t see how true fans of this series are anything but disappointed.

    • Lilly says:

      I could not agree with you more, i am only back from seeing it and was disgusted, don’t get me wrong they had some scenes from the book but changing the ending and were things took place, I was so annoyed and I too was tempted to leave the cinema, they destroyed it!! Most of it made no bloody sense especially to someone who hasn’t read the books!!! And now they have started making the second one, don’t think i will be going to see that if its anything like this!!

  17. Gabs says:

    This movie is not Twilight-esque. It is not Harry Potter-ish. It is not a Hunger Games. It is its own series. Yes, it is aimed at teens/young adults. However, I also believe it is aimed at fans of fantasy/fiction books like myself. I am way past my teens, seeing as how I turn 31 in 2 days, and have been waiting for this movie to come out. I read the book series three times & love it. After reading & seeing Beautiful Creatures, which was horrifically disappointing, I didn’t let myself get my hopes up TOO high about this movie. But I LOVED it! Sure there are A LOT of main points missing, but the same goes for most “book turned movie” films. I do believe it is time for young people to be the review voice for films such as these.

  18. pots says:

    I’m sick of hearing bad reviews about this movie, i don’t understand why it’s getting such negative feedback, All the complaints about it seem to all be saying that it is copying off various other fantasy films like twilight and harry potter, how ridiculous! if you say that it’s like saying Percy jackson copies greek mythologhy or twilight copies dracula, how is city of bones copying them just because there is magic and vampires doesnt mean its exacly like harry potter and twilight, they are completly fucking differen how hard is it to understand, mortal instruments is about shadow hunters, last time i wachted harry potter im pretty sure there wasnt half angel half human beings fighting demonds in it! the funny thing is that most of the bad reviews are adults last time i checked mortal instruments was aimed at young adults, thats another things that really annoyed me and that goes for any book or film, where people complain about them when they are not the intennded audience, if you’re going to read a book or film that is not aimed at you be warned that you may not enjoy it, also this writer reallly irritated me by putting ‘a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” in which part of city of bones did the vampires sparkle? or the werewolves constantly take their shirts off? stop comparing books films when they are nothing alike or saying stuff like ‘the next twilight’ i feel this film has been unfairly reviewed by people who are not the intended audience or are comparing it to other films and books and saying it stole ideas. look at every book and film can you say every idea in them are completely original?

    • Mystergirl says:

      Because, oh slow one, the books are heavily copied from fanfiction of harry potter hence the blatant similar(read stolen), material. Papers aren’t going to higher little teeny boppers who know little about accurately reviewing works to type up reviews.Movie critics, no matter how old, can discern between movies that are well worked and presented and claptrap. Everyday teens cannot. As a critic, read that again, in fact, i’ll type that again, CRITIC, it is their job to make light of the positive AND negative aspects of the films. Almost every single review I read applauded the special effects. If all of these PROFESSIONAL movie critics all have the same “issues” with the film and the premise of it, than these issues are actually there whether people like it or not. A true fan can distance themselves from the world of stanning and fandoms and call out bull shit when it appears. If my decision to read the book was based of this film on which I wasted 10 dollars, I wouldn’t pick up the book in fact I’d turn in the opposite direction if I saw it. But since I’ve already read it…. I’m just thankfully that I read it from the library and didn’t purchase the series.

      No matter how people want to spin it, Cassandra Clare is a plagiarist on some levels. Using established characters from Harry Potter to write fanfiction is one thing[not to mention using many lines from tv shows with cult followings like BtVS without crediting them in her fanfics], but to then take entire passages from the fanfics your wrote based of characters you didn’t create and use them in your professional work, not to mention basing your characters BLATANTLY off of them is plagiarism. Her characters and storyline are the bad cliches.Yes HP was cliche on some points, however, the take on the idea was so originial and the world so intricately and creatively built that there were no faux pas as fat as cliches utilized. The same can’t be said for TMI. Let’s just say that if J.K and Joss Whedon really wanted to, they just might be able to sue her and win but I digress.

      At the end of the day, people are entitled to their opinion and while you may not like them, it’s intelligent to be objective and not the atypical fangirl who will accept anything as good writing. If only teens today spent more time reading classic novels, you know, ones that are actually well written and not archaic, they’d see why older people complain about these films and books[specifically Twilight and MTI] and this is coming from a 23yr. old.

      • daughterofagunn says:

        Awesome response, I read the book when I was in year 8, as in: can’t judge books for shit, year eight! but I’m now in year ten, and I can safely say that MTI has plummeted off my favorite books list, but unfortunetly I have read the rest of the books so far, and I need to say it sould have ended at number three, number three would have been such a good ending, and I couldn’t help but feel as if Cassadra Clare was selling out with the next two instalment, that was when I first heard about her plagarism, yet I still read the rest of the books and still went to see the movie.

        I had suspected it would be terrible and wasn’t far off. While the FX were great, the music was excruciatingly over-the-top in some areas, and the dialogue towards the end was outright make-me-gag: “Remember when I told you I’d never seen an angel, I lied.” is what I think they had Jace say, which is a shame comsidering those completely cliched words (that sounds like the mumbled pick-up line of a drunk guy in a club before he throws-up on the pavement) had to be uttered from such an amazing actors mouth (Campbell-bower), it made me cringe. The costume design was shall we say sub-par, I had kind of been hoping that they might go out of their way o actually design some runed-up gear for the shadow hunters, instead slapping on some black jeans, shirts, and leather Jackets like every other bad-ass ever. although I have to say that I did like their take on the Silent Brothers, but if you use your imagination and think about it, the Silent Brothers aren’t that far a stretch from Voldemort if you equate a missing nose for missing eyes. And while the idea of half human, half angels that demons may seem original and cool, it’s basically just taking demon hunters (an idea used by many) and Nephilim (also used frequently in literature) and slapping a new title on for good measure.

        But I have to say that the movie wasn’t exactly the worst I’ve ever seen of adaptations, I just hope and pray, almost everyday that Divergent, My favourite book series of all time is not ruined by it’s film adaptation, it truely deserves more than that.

        But basically in a nut-shell, to me the TMI series is like a cheeseburger, I know it’s unhealthy and processed and yet I eat it anyway, and hate myself after. the only thing I was glad about in this film is that they reaveled the Jace and Clary were NOT related, many people seem utterly annoyed by this but these people need to remember that people outside the fan base will be seeing the film, and INCEST is not exactly a good selling point for ANYTHING EVER!

      • Twelve says:

        Well said! Cassandra Clare is a disgrace to proper writers. But her fangirls don’t seem to care that she’s a plagiarist (nor do her publishers…), or that her books are derivitive, mind-numbing garbage. If kids think that these books pass for acceptable, quality literature, I seriously fear for the future of the book and film industries.

        This is the only review I’ve read so far that has mentioned Clare’s past. I don’t understand why people think plagiarism is okay, or why it should be dismissed or even celebrated. It is not okay to steal other’s original work and pass it off as your own! Plus, if it were okay we would just be reading and watching the same thing over and over again. What a terrible world that would be. Oh, wait….

      • Best comment I’ve read here. Absolutely spot on.

  19. samantha jones says:

    kiss my bum dude!!!! don’t be jealous, its an epic movie and a bad ass, earth shattering book. you bloody MORON okay don’t dissssssssssss!!!! just cause you don’t have a talented bone in your entire body does mean you can degrade a work of art.

  20. What says:

    Stop comparing this to Twilight! They are NOTHING alike.

  21. LOL says:

    Young girls are stupid. They are almost becoming as bovine and bland as their young male counterparts that revel on crap superhero movies. Sort it out.

  22. brad says:

    I cannot stand it when people say “feast for the eyes”.

  23. Catherine says:

    The film is for teens and tweens and it is a feast for the eyes. The boys, the creatures and the vsfx! Jamie (Jace) and Robby Sheehan are delicious and touching love interests, great actors both of them. The young girls will be swooning everywhere and yearning for more……

  24. dailyroses says:

    Totally agree – trash, but fun nevertheless!

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