Instruments: City of Bones
Director: Harald Zwart
Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Adrian Turner
Take a sprinkling of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a dash of Harry Potter and a pinch of Twilight, mix it all together with a soft rock soundtrack and youíll end up with City of Bones, the first film adaptation based on the series of The Mortal Instruments young adult books by Cassandra Clare. The Brooklyn teenager Clary (Collins) starts to notice a young man named Jace (Bower) no one else seems to see and itís not long before she discovers thereís more to our world than she thought. The movie romps along for the first hour as Clary discovers shadowhunters and other beasties around her, but then slumps in the second half as a weak love triangle between Clary, her best human pal and Jace slows the action down. When Collinsís striking eyebrows arenít battling for screen space alongside Bowerís distractingly chiselled cheekbones, we get brief glimpses of the bad guy Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), but not enough to feel any real menace as Star Wars-style revelations are bandied about in the lacklustre finale. Maybe things will pick up in next yearís sequel.
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