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015: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Maximilian Rivera July 5, 2016
By Max Rivera | @maxriverafilm

 After her mother is kidnapped, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of angelic warriors who protect our world from demons, which leads her into an alternate—and dangerous—New York called the Shadow World.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) is based off a book of the same name by Cassandra Clare. At least we’re told so, but we’re not sure if this film even has a plot.

Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lena Headey, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, this young adult modern fantasy takes our main character Clary Fray (Collins) through the Shadow World—an alternate New York City where angels and demons are fighting a never ending battle.


Scott and Max struggle with the plot at times, but decide ultimately that the source material was probably better than this end product. After all, it was turned into a Shadowhunters, a TV show currently airing on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). 

This movie wasn’t a complete loss, but it wasn’t good by any means. We thought the acting was okay, given how stupid the writing was. Of course, we both rallied around Uncle Dad (the werewolf man played by Aiden Turner). 


If you want to remind yourself what TMI:COB is like, check out the trailer here. We also spent a good amount of time discussing I Melt With You, which would have probably made for a worse podcast episode.

We end the episode with another roll of 20 Questions, and then we try to plan a sequel to E.T. 

Once again, we would much rather answer your questions, so send us listener mail at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com or leave it in a review for us on iTunes! 

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.