DVD Review: The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
Not being even close to a film’s target audience but knowing you have members of your family that really want to see a film, can make for some interesting reviews. Lets just say that The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones wasn’t on my must watch list, and I went into it with very, very, low expectations.
I haven’t read the book, I don’t really care for vampires (at least not the modern bastardisation of them). I’m more of a zombie kind of a person. But City Of Bones was an entertaining if somewhat meaningless romp. It’s predictable and cliched – a love triangle, wearing black clothes, good vs evil, vampires, demons, you name it – but has a fresh enough twist to get you hooked.
Essentially the star is Phil Collins daughter (don’t hold that against her), Lily, who plays Clary, an ordinary Brooklyn teenager who just happens to be part of a long line of demon hunters. Not that she knows this at the start of the film, but she soon will.
When she starts seeing things that other people can’t see, the movie starts to get interesting, when she’s sucked down the rabbit hole, the pace picks up and the ride is pretty much full on for there on.
The film, that has plenty of twists and betrayals – as is common in this genre – occasionally trips, but for what it is, a cheesy teen adaptation, it does everything it needs to do, and does it well.
Rating: M Fantasy violence.
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