The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Theatrical Release: August 21, 2013
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones


Clary Fray tumbles into the supernatural world when she visits a club called Pandemonium, and witnesses a murder. Following this tragic event Clary’s mother, Jocelyn, is kidnapped by a man called Valentine. She then calls on those who she saw at the club, and asks them to help her. In the search for the Mortal Cup, Clary makes decisions harder than any she has ever made. She falls in love, struggles with her best friend, and becomes the person her mother feared she would become.

Dove Review

“Mortal Instruments” is an action packed film geared toward the younger crowd. In it we find Clary, a young girl who is beginning to find out who she really is. During her search for her kidnapped mother, she finds out that demons do exist. Of course, so do Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Warlocks and Shadow Hunters (no Zombies here). The film is full of demonic symbolism and practices as well as a fair amount of violence. The plot is a little convoluted and jumps between fighting scenes and passionate ones at will. Due to the overwhelming demonic content, sexuality and violence as well as one inappropriate use of the name of “Jesus” we cannot approved this film for family viewing.

Content Description

Sex: Young man/young girl kiss passionately; Warlock has homosexual feelings towards a Shadow Hunter; Shadow Hunter has homosexual feelings toward another Shadow Hunter
Language: J-1; OG-2; H-5
Violence: Several fight scenes involving demons, shadow hunters, witches, werewolves and humans including some blood; Explosions; Graphic scenes of demons and a demonic animal.
Drugs: Potion swallowed by a woman
Nudity: Night club scene with lots of cleavage and short skirts/pants; Shirtless men a few times
Other: Tarot cards; Potions; Spells; Ruin symbols (tattoos) possess special powers; Demonic symbols; Angel said to pour blood into a causing those who drink from it to become half angel and half human; Werewolves and Vampires; Teleportation; Telepathy


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Jessica Postigo & Cassandra Clare
Director: Harald Zwart
Producer: Don Carmody
Genre: Action
Runtime: 130 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe