By Rebecca McRitchie
Based on the bestselling YA series by Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is directed by Harald Zwart (Pink Panther 2) and stars Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey and Jamie Campbell Bower.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones may, on paper, appear to have all the ingredients for a successful supernatural fantasy movie - demons, a love triangle, an urban setting, two likeable if boring protagonists - however the movie falls short of achieving a believability that predecessors like The Hunger Games were able to achieve.
Unlike the character’s tattoos, or ‘runes’ as they are called in the movie, the effects are convincing and the demons and human-to-demon transformations are successfully creepy.
Lily Collins does well to stay committed to her character amongst a somewhat silly plot but there is little she can do to inspire viewer believability. The Mortal Instruments world and magic system is, I am sure, explained intricately within the books, but Zwart fails to explain the importance of certain objects or groups to moviegoers unfamiliar with Clare’s series.
Additionally, the story itself is a tad derivative and it is impossible not to notice the similarities between Clare’s story and other, more successful tales such as Harry Potter and Star Wars.
Overall I give The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones a 2 out of 5. It will be hard for viewers unfamiliar with the book series to grab hold of the movie.
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