"Candy Coated Occult Story"
What You Need To Know:
The production quality is excellent with an exciting storyline and characters that develop. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS contains occult and pagan worldviews mixed with a syncretistic biblical worldview. This is dangerous for impressionable young people who will gravitate to such a movie with likable and attractive characters that are doing good deeds in killing demons. However, these benevolent demon killers have inherited their power from their supposed “Christian” forefathers who summoned an angel and drank his blood to attain superhuman abilities to see and kill demons. Therefore, extreme caution is advised.
(PaPaPa, OOO, B, Ho, L, VVV, N, D, MM) Very strong pagan, occult worldview as characters use occult powers to fight demons mixed with a syncretistic view of Judeo-Christian traditions, moral worldview as evil is fought, characters sacrifice themselves to protect others, homosexual worldview portrayed; two obscenities, an obscene gesture made out of frame; very strong violence as demons in the form of people, vampires, werewolves, and animals are sliced and stabbed with swords; deep kissing between man and woman; upper male nudity; drink is spiked with a drug; and lying, betrayal, kidnapping, stealing, and greed for power.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS is suspenseful and action-packed as Clary (Lily Collins) discovers she is not a “mundane” human, but has inherited the abilities of a superhuman shadow hunter, who can see and kill demons. Once having a predictable life, her world is suddenly turned upside down when demons and other evil characters hunt her and her family for an ancient cup. Clary goes in search of answers to questions about the strange things she’s been seeing and her mom’s disappearance and in the process discovers her real identity. She meets skilled shadow hunters Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), Isabelle (Jemima West) and Alec (Kevin Zegers) who give her a crash course on fighting vampires and demons to protect the world of regular humans. As she embarks on this adventure, she is entangled in traps, falls in love and begins to realize the power within her.
The production quality of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS is excellent with an exciting storyline and characters that change and develop. The action throughout propels the story forward. There is suspense and deception at every turn, as things are not always what they seem. The CGI and special effects are done fairly well. The acting is competent and their characters are quite believable with quirky character traits and sarcastic humor that gives this adventure a bit of a comedic twist. There is excessive violence in the form of killing demons by slashing and stabbing with swords, as well a huge battle against vampires where the heroes are aided by werewolves. There are brief moments where homosexuality is implied or declared.
The strongest caution for THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS is the occult and pagan worldviews mixed with a syncretistic biblical worldview. This is dangerous for impressionable young people who will gravitate to such a movie with likable and attractive characters that are doing good deeds in killing demons. However, these benevolent demon killers have inherited their power from their “Christian” forefathers who summoned an angel and drank his blood to attain superhuman abilities to see and kill demons. A pentagram and other satanic and occult practices are depicted throughout the movie. Some of these practices are done for evil, and some are done with “good” intentions. It’s all mixed together with good and evil blurring together.
Because of this evil worldview, extremely strong caution is advised.