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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2013
  • Harald Zwart
  • 124 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Supernatural drama starring Lily Collins. Young Clary Fray discovers that she is in fact a Shadowhunter, and is part of a secret society tasked with keeping humanity safe from demonic attack.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Clary FrayLily Collins
Jace WaylandJamie Campbell Bower
Simon LewisRobert Sheehan
Alec LightwoodKevin Zegers
Jocelyn FrayLena Headey
Valentine MorgensternJonathan Rhys Meyers
Hodge StarkweatherJared Harris
Emil PangbornKevin Durand
Luke GarrowayAidan Turner
Isabelle LightwoodJemima West
Madame DorotheaC C H Pounder

Crew

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DirectorHarald Zwart

Details

Theatrical distributor
E1 Entertainment
Released on
2013-08-16
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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