There are movies that have been made based on books that have been great. Just a few examples include The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption and even The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter for those of you that are interested. The Mortal Instruments is not going to be joining that list.
Forgive me if I don’t go into too much detail here for this movie as I would really not like to relive the disaster that was The Mortal Instruments. So, let’s get to some of the basics. Clary (Lily Collins) is drawing the same symbol over and over again. It gets to the point where her parents find a drawing on a piece of paper and throw it away so that they can avoid telling her who she truly is.
She spots the image on the sign of a night club and decides to go in with her nerdy friend, Simon (Robert Sheehan) who also seems to be very much in the friend zone. Clary is the only person that can see a sword attack take place in the club and she freaks out.
The next day Clary is out with her buddy Simon again when they come across the swordsman in the night club, Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower). Jace advises Clary of the fact that she is not a human and they she is really from a world of shadow-hunters (half-human and half-angel). Here is where it gets really tricky to deal with this movie if you are not a fan of the book.
There are so many bad lines in this movie that there was many times the people in the screening that I attended were laughing. Unintentional laughter during a movie can sometimes be a good thing, but when you are constantly either giving a chuckle (over how dumb a line is) or rolling your eyes at some of the one-liners in a movie it becomes an annoyance.
It became more painful by the minute to watch this movie and with 131 minutes involved, you can imagine the pain that I was in. The budget for this movie was $60 million and I beg you all to not allow it to make that money during its run. The next one is already in the works, so now is the time to begin the boycott!
Final Word – ½ Star