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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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  Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review
Tookey's Rating
2 /10
Average Rating
3.00 /10
Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan
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Directed by: Harald Zwart
Written by: Cassandra Clare, Marlene King, Jessica Postigo Paquette based on Cassandra Clare’s novel

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 130

Very sub-Potter.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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And still the attempts to launch a young adult movie franchise continue.

Teenage heroine Clary (played by Lily Collins, pictured left, the astoundingly pretty daughter of Phil) hangs out in Brooklyn, with an artist mother (Lena Headey) and mum’s enigmatic lover, Luke (Aiden Turner). She also has a platonic boyfriend Simon (Robert Sheehan), who loves Clary more than she realises.

But then Clary falls for mysterious, tall, blond stranger Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower, pictured right), who reveals himself to be a Shadowhunter, an angelic warrior against demons. Clary discovers that she is one too, as is her mother, and there’s an underworld she knew nothing about, inhabited by demons, angels, vampires and werewolves. As in Twilight, she is torn between two very different young men.

Fans of the novels will doubtless derive pleasure from seeing the books come to life. The actors are attractive enough to please the core audience of teenage girls. The film is, however, unlikely to earn many converts.

Cassandra Clare, author of the best-selling books on which this movie is based, began as a writer of fan fiction inspired by the Harry Potter books, and it shows. Among the other obvious influences are the Twilight saga and the Star Wars trilogy. Clare brings little of her own to the party.

The characterisation and plot developments are painfully unimaginative. Like the Percy Jackson movies, this inadequate attempt to emulate the success of Harry Potter will appeal only to existing fans and the very undemanding.

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