The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Urban fantasy based on the first book in Cassandra Clare's series of young adult novels, set in contemporary New York City. When her mother (Lena Headey, Game of Thrones) is taken, ordinary teen Clary (Lily Collins, Mirror Mirror) discovers a hidden world and that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters – a secret cadre of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.

With the aid of her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan, Misfits) and the elusive demon-slaying Jace (Twilight’s Jamie Campbell Bower) to guide her, Clary must unlock the memories her mother hid deep inside her. But with the deadly threat of demons, warlocks, werewolves and vampires ever-present, Clary is forced to hone her own repressed skills as a Shadowhunter.

2013Rating: M, Fantasy violence130 minsUSA, Germany
AdventureFantasyScience Fiction

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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

In the aftermath of the dominant Twilight and Harry Potter sagas,The Mortal Instruments makes its move to take the YA cinema audience – a demographic that eluded Beautiful Creatures and Stephenie Meyer’s own The Host. But while City of Bones hammers down a confident start, it soon applies that mallet to its own head, beating itself down to a narrative mush of illogic and loose plot threads.

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Variety

Variety

A ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness.

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Time Out

Time Out

A soulless attempt to re-create the Potter magic.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

References to the Harry Potter and Twilight universes pose less of a problem than the increasingly messy action scenes and an overabundance of main characters.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Does an admirable job of streamlining the lumbering novel it’s adapting... But that still leaves behind an awful lot of tired, familiar elements portrayed in tired, familiar ways.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This desperate Twilight wannabe hits more than its own share of clunky notes.

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