The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Harald Zwart (2013)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Covering familiar Twilight territory, with Harry Potter sidebars, this sprawling action fantasy is packed with supernatural creatures, humour that blunts its more horrific edges and leather-clad actors from goth-lite central casting. It is based on the first of six bestsellers for young adults by Cassandra Clare. The plot-heavy story boils down to Brooklyn teen Lily Collins learning she's a powerful Shadowhunter, part of a secret society veiled from reality by magic and tasked with protecting humanity from destructive demonic forces. Both good and evil sides seek possession of the Mortal Cup, an enchanted goblet that creates the half-angel warriors. Karate Kid-remake director Harald Zwart always keeps things interesting among the impressive CGI swirls of werewolves, vampires, runic spells and a Stargate-style dimensional portal. Once its relentless self-aggrandisement subsides, the story becomes quite absorbing as a cute love triangle moves centre stage and dark destinies point to further sequels.


A teenager discovers she is descended from a race of half-human, half-angel warriors whose duty is to defend the world from demons. When her mother disappears, she joins a group of the magical beings on a dangerous journey into an alternate version of New York inhabited by strange creatures. Fantasy adventure, starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lena Headey and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Cast & Crew

Clary Fray Lily Collins
Jace Wayland Jamie Campbell Bower
Simon Lewis Robert Sheehan
Alec Lightwood Kevin Zegers
Jocelyn Fray Lena Headey
Valentine Morgenstern Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Hodge Starkweather Jared Harris
Emil Pangborn Kevin Durand
Luke Garroway Aidan Turner
Isabelle Lightwood Jemima West
Madame Dorothea C C H Pounder
Director Harald Zwart
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1 EntertainmentGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Aug 2013