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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Worlds will collide. 

Year: 2013 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Harald Zwart 
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan  
An image from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Clary Fray’s (Lily Collins) life isn’t exactly as it seems. On a night out at a club, she witnesses a murder by a boy only she can see. During a discussion with this invisible murderer, Clary’s mother is kidnapped. When Clary returns home to find this, she is ambushed by a demon and saved by the invisible murderer, Jace (Jamie Bower), a shadowhunter: a slayer of demons. In the space of 24 hours, Clary’s world is turned upside down as she’s plunged head first into a battle for the Mortal Instruments.

Based on the best-selling novels by Cassandra Clare, Harald Zwart (best known for his work on the Karate Kid) brings this typical teenage fantasy novel to life, with impressive visual effects and scenery. Lily Collins, breaking her way into the top ranks thanks to her role as Snow White in Mirror Mirror, has taken lead actress in her stride with this movie, looking as comfortable as her more-experienced co-workers on screen. Already signing on to The Mortal Instrument’s sequel, this saga is sure to be a platform that will excel her to new heights. Jamie Bower also plays his part tremendously well, bringing his experience of fantasy acting from the Twilight Saga to the floor in a well-practiced manner.

While yes, this may have all the elements shared with other films of this genre (Twilight,, Beautiful Creatures), this is brought to life in such a way that it would be shame to miss. Alternatively, this is yet another film of that genre that fantasy fans will undoubtedly enjoy.

Sam Kidman

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Screenings of this film:

2013/2014 Autumn Term (digital)