Director: Harald Zwart
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the long anticipated cinematic take on Cassandra Clare's first book of her bestselling novels. This action fantasy is seemingly a "dark fairytale" comprising of an invisible castle which most of the film is set on, Gothic characters, magic, spells and monsters.
When Clary Fray's (Collins) mother disappears her life is uprooted as she discovers she is a shadow hunter (a demon slayer), a warrior in a long line of warriors who protect the world from demons. Clary goes in search of her mother, which becomes a fruitful and therapeutic exercise as she learns all about who she really is. The audience experience all the high tech special effects as momentum builds and the action and thrills accelerate.
Obviously aimed at the teenage market this movie has many distinct similarities to other Hollywood blockbusters notably the Harry Potter and Twilight series. Lilly Collins is credible and well cast giving a performance which will cement her future in Hollywood.
Legions of fans who have read the books will invade cinemas to see how their favourite characters from the first of this new "saga series" have transpired on the big screen. Its doubtful blockbuster status will be achieved at the worldwide box office as had also been anticipated for previous low performer fantasy flick 'Beautiful Creatures'. Fans will be mesmerised - but the rest of us will feel slightly cheated as we've seen it all before. JAKE