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Movie Monday #34: Clary stands before the Silent Brothers

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We are less than a year away from the theatrical release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the hype for the adaptation of the internationally best selling series by Cassandra Clare will only continue to grow as the release draws nearer.

I’ve banded together with other Mortal Instruments fansites (TMI Institute, Mundie Moms,TMI Examiner and TMI News en Espanol) for a weekly feature called Movie Monday.

Each Monday leading up to the August 23, 2013, release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, we will take a look at a scene, moment, detail, etc. and give our opinions on how we think it will be interpreted in the big screen adaptation.

Week 34: Clary stands before the Silent Brothers

Alyssa, TMI Source: This is a scene that I’m really looking forward to seeing translated on screen. There is a serious undertone throughout the scene as the Silent Brothers try to extract memories from Clary’s head. It’s a scary thing that is sure to be conveyed on screen and yet at the end of the scene Jace has us laughing with his lovable snark. That’s the humor that is present throughout the story that I hope remains in the film adaptation.

Fans got their first look at one of the Silent Brothers in the teaser trailer and what a sight it was. That’s an image that will surely rock Clary to her core especially when they tap into her mind. Since the Silent Brothers do not speak out loud, instead telepathically, it will interesting to see how their “voice” is portrayed in Clary’s head. I would guess it would be some kind of echoed voice.

Amber, TMI Institute: We had our first look at a Silent Brother in the City of Bones teaser trailer: sewn lips, hood drawn over his head, sunken places for his eyes. We can make a big leap and say that Clary will indeed stand before the Silent Brothers to try to learn what is hidden in her mind. But how will the movie makers pull it off?

The Silent Brothers speak in Clary’s (and everyone else’s) mind. Think about other movies where this has been successfully achieved. Normally, you hear the dialogue (like the wolves in the Twilight Saga), so I’d assume we will hear them in sort of an echoed voice. A good tight shot on Clary, struggling to stand the mental anguish of them digging around in her mind, might be in store. I also can see a moment of entry for when they go “into” her mind: weaving around in the hemispheres of her brain in a very super fast graphic and then a repeat of this just before she collapses. Jace will be there to talk her through what happens to her after the fact just in case the film makers need to speed along and not repeat dialogue. Just a thought on the possibilities of this scene makes me very excited!

Seeing the Silent Brothers in their element should be amazing. I can just imagine that Harald Zwart and the crew have gone above and beyond to make this scene so much more than we ever could anticipate. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the final results!

Katie, Mundie Moms: Can I just say that based on the glimpse of one of the Silent Brothers in the trailer was creepy, and awesome all at the same time, and I am REALLY looking forward to seeing what Harald and his team cooked up with the scene with Clary. First off, I think we’ll get to see just how brave she is. It’s one thing to read about Clary meeting with the Silent Brothers and something entirely different when we see them on the big screen. Let’s face it, most of us would go running the other way if we had to come face to face with one of the Silent Brothers. Second, seeing the Silent Brothers in their element is something I’m really looking forward to. The brothers fascinate me. Sure they’re freaky looking, but they also have this amazing ability that is crucial to the Shadowhunter World. I’ve come to look at them as keys in a much bigger picture. Finally, movie wise I think seeing them come to life is going to be beyond what I excepted. It’s not just going to be their looks, but in the way their ability is portrayed in the movie. Having the Silent Brothers talk into the characters minds seems like it might be a hard thing to get across in the movie, but I have no doubt that Harald and his team can do this. I’m really excited to see how they’re going to show this. I’m curious to see how they’re going to show Clary struggling against the Silent Brother’s getting into her mind, but I’m hoping when they do this, they’ll also show Jace’s concern for her, and him talking her through it. Either way, I can’t wait for August!

Tita, TMI News en Español: Clary standing before the Silent Brothers in the Silent City (also known as City of Bones) is going to be one of the most exciting / scary experiances in the movie. Yes, we all know the Silent Brothers are a bunch of good people that live a little bit longer than normal and have a lot of knowledge about medicine, etc., but they get that everybody near them freak out.

One thing is to get to know Brother Jeremiah, but the other thing is to get to know a lot of the Silent Brothers at once, talking to your mind and snooping in your mind to reveal what is going on with your memories.

Yes, scary as hell, but hey! all that situation has their positive part, Jace is by Clary’s side ;D

What are your thoughts? How excited are you to see this scene on screen? How do you think the Silent Brothers’ “voice” will be portrayed? Join in on the discussion!

Check back next Monday for the next edition of Movie Monday.

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3 Comments on Movie Monday #34: Clary stands before the Silent Brothers

  1. I’m really looking forward to seeing this seen and seeing how they go about portraying it on screen. My fear for the scene and the overall film though is that a lot of the funny moments will be lost like the Jace’s classic line “if you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you could have just asked.” I understand that things have to be cut I just hope Cassie’s amazing humour stays in. We saw small glimses of Jace’s sarcasm in the trailer so hopefully we will still have some classic lines from Jace and Simon in the film, especially as both Jamie and Robert are hilarious in reality.

  2. i’m excited for this movie and i saw the picture of the silent brothers! the makeup job is really good! anyways, i too can’t wait for this scene. i think they could defnitely accomplish the voice in the head by using voice overs. i’d love to see jace’s sarcasm but also him being a comforting presence when clary is experiencing this. i think we’ll see it as we saw in the trailer as well as their chemistry. i hope to see some classic simon lines too. and with what you guys were saying, close ups of clary’s anguish will add dramatic effect. Like Cinderbella said, both jamie and robert are quite funny in real life like their characters. meanwhile , I’m dying for the new trailer, stills, featureetes, interviews scenes, posters, merch and the movie!

  3. KikilovesJace // January 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM // Reply

    I’m really curious on how there going to be doing the voices of the silent brothers in clary’s head. I imagine that it will be creepy. Since the silent brothers to me are very creepy bunch of shadowhunters. I would also get totally freaked out if someone tired to go through my head and my personal thoughts. I just hope in the movie that they do clary’s recation for the whole process of getting her mind checked out.

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