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Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The bedtime stories you were told as a child are true.

The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones

Based on the wildly popular urban fantasy novel of the same name by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones introduces fifteen-year-old Clary Fray (Lily Collins) who lives a normal life with her mother, Jocelyn, (Lena Geadey) and best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) until she witnesses a murder in a NYC club that no one else can see. After that encounter with the angelic-looking Shadowhunter Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), Clary’s life will never be the same.

Mortal Instruments City of Bones
Within 24 hours, Clary is pulled into Jace’s world of hunting Downworld Demons when her home is destroyed and her mother goes missing. Clary is the only one who can save her mother, but first Clary has to figure out who she really is and why are the demons interested in her mother.

Looking for answers, Clary turns to family friend Luke (Aidan Turner), but she quickly discovers that he’s a traitor and a Werewolf. With no one else to turn to, Clary and Simon turn to Jace for help. He takes them to The Institute, which is a shelter for Shadowhunters. There they meet siblings Alec (Kevin Zegers) and Isabella (Jemima West) and Jace’s tutor Hodge (Jarred Harris), who begins to tell Clary about her mother’s past as one of the most powerful creatures of their kind.

Needing to know more, Clary is taken to Warlock Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao) who, under Jocelyn’s discernment, has been suppressing Clary’s memory and powers for her whole life, in order to protect her. She learns that she must go to the City Of Bones to fully collect her memories. Once she recovers, Clary slowly learns how to harness her newly developed powers to find the cup that will save her mother.

However, she runs into trouble when an old friend of her mothers, Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), wants the cup and all of the power for himself.

With two worlds colliding, Clary is constantly questioning everything she knows, while trying to develop her true identity.

Mortal Instruments City of Bones Lily Collins

Mortal Instruments City of Bones

Here’s the run down:

Action: Vampires, Werewolves and Warlocks – oh my! When Simon gets drugged and stolen by the Vampires, and the Shadowhunters go to save him, you will be on the edge of your seat, cheering on the good guys and hoping that their four versus one hundred ratio works out for the best.

Romance: There’s definitely a love triangle going on! Simon has always loved Clary, but she’s always seen him as a brother figure. Now we introduce bad-boy Jace and Clary seems to be falling for him, but the danger signs are everywhere! What to do, what to do…

Humour: You might not expect to see this in a fantasy movie, but Jace is great with one-liners, which helps lighten up the mood when nothing seems to be going right. Plus, was Bach a Shadowhunter too?

Mortal Instruments City of Bones

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