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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series of young-adult novels, The Mortal Instruments, cribs liberally from Harry Potter in telling the story of a nonmagical girl (she’s called a “mundane” rather than a “muggle”) who discovers she really is magical when forced into a world of demon-slayers, vampires, werewolves, curses and parental-abandonment issues. But the books are decidedly original compared to Harald Zwart’s adaptation of the first novel, City of Bones, which steals elements of Potter and throws in some Buffy, Blade II and Twilight for the hell of it. And so we have Clary (Lily Collins), whose quest to find her missing mother lands her in the middle of a centuries-old war between the forces of good and evil. The aforementioned demons, slayers, vampires, werewolves and witches are all fighting to get their hands on Lily, who holds the secret to finding an ancient cup or some crap. That sounds plenty fun, especially considering the war involves crystal swords, electro-whips and flamethrowers. Yet fun is one thing Zwart forgot to steal from all of those superior works. Say what you will about 50 Shades of Grey, perhaps the most famous fan-fic of all. At least it knew how to titillate, and its whips weren’t even electric. City of Bones doesn’t have an ounce of verve in its bloated 130 minutes. It’s a gigantic casserole of fun ingredients that has no flavor whatsoever.
  • Genres: Action, Fantasy
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Intense Action, Intense Fantasy Violence, Some Suggestive Content ]
  • Critic's Score: D+
  • Starring: Lily Collins [Clary Fray], Jamie Bower [Jace Wayland], Robert Sheehan [Simon Lewis], Kevin Zegers [Alec Lightwood], Lena Headey [Jocelyn Fray], Kevin Durand [Emil Pangborn], Aidan Turner [Luke Garroway], Jemima West [Isabelle Lightwood], Godfrey Gao [Magnus Bane], CCH Pounder [Madame Dorothea], Jared Harris [Hodge Starkweather], Jonathan Rhys Meyers [Valentine Morgenstern], Harry Van Gorkum [Alaric/Werewolf], Robert Maillet [Samuel Blackwell], Stephen Hart [Brother Jeremiah], Chris Ratz [Eric], Elyas M'Barek [The Vampire Leader], Chad Connell [Lambert]
  • Directed by: Harald Zwart [Director], Jessica Postigo Paquette [Screenwriter], Robert Kulzer [Producer], Don Carmody [Producer], Bob Shaye [Executive Producer], Michael Lynne [Executive Producer], Martin Moszkowicz [Executive Producer], Geir Andreassen [Cinematographer], François Séguin [Production Design], Jacqueline Carmody [Film Editor], Atli Örvarsson [Original Music], Gersha Phillips [Costume Designer], Stephanie Ligorner [Casting], Deirdre Bowen [Casting], Anthony Ianni [Art Director], Steve Shewchuk [Set Decoration], Patricia Larman [Set Decoration]
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