The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 2014

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Clary Fray (Lily Collins ? Abduction) thinks she is just an ordinary teenager living in Brooklyn, but everything changes one night when in a downtown club she encounters the mysterious and charismatic Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower ? The Twilight Saga), and witnesses a shocking murder.

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Lily Collins,Jamie Campbell Bower
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2 hours, 10 minutes

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Harald Zwart
Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
Supporting actors Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, C. C. H. Pounder, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Latitude on 2 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
I should say up front that I haven't read the Mortal Instruments Books (although I have read other books by the same author) so I am judging the film as a film alone, not in comparison to the book.

I didn't really know what to expect, although I had heard some pretty sharp criticism of Jamie Campbell Bower's acting beforehand. As it happened, I love the character he plays, Jace. I suspect much of the objection is because is he is sarcastic, incendiary and self-effacing and uses attack as a form of defence; to get that much out of a movie with lots of action, J C-B must have some acting skills, although the character will not be to everyone's taste.

There are reviewers on here who say they had difficulty following the plot: I didn't. The tale is that of a quest to find a missing cup of power; a standard motif in fantasy literature but not one fantasy fans are likely to tire of.

The other characters; Clary, Simon, Jocelyn, Luke, Magnus, Isabelle and Alec all stand as individuals and it's easy to imagine that there is plenty of backstory to expand on in forthcoming films (and presumably already done in the books - I must get them!).

It shouldn't be necessary in this day and age to say that it was nice to see gay people treated as in and out of love the same as the non-gay people, but it was. I'm rooting for Alec and the hot witchy guy :D

Edit added, March 2014: I've now read all Cassandra Clare's books, and whilst I can now see why people have passed comment on the divergence of the film's plot from the first book, I still love the film. It's exceptionally well-cast, and the actors have the characters off to a tee. Terrific.
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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Amazon addict on 30 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this film when it was out at the cinemas, the books are brilliant. I cant wait for the dvd to come out, but why wait til january, it should be released before christmas. Once again, why is another series being compared to twilight, its nothing like twilight, I am a huge twilight fan, read the books several times, watched all the dvds loads of times too, but this is another brilliant stand alone series, by a completely different author, so those critics out there, forget twilight whilst reading or watching this, stop comparing. Now I learn the second film in the series has been put on hold indefinitely, why oh why are they putting the second film on hold, the first is brilliant, Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower are brilliantly cast as the leads. I don't want to say too much about the film, as it may spoil it for those who haven't seen it or read the book. Lets just say it is more about demons/magic. I just hope they change their minds and decide to film the second book, and all the other books too as it is a brilliant series.
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110 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
So fed up of reading 80% reviews that have to mention twilight. Lets get this out first. It is NOT Twilight. Whether you liked the saga or not, it is nothing like it, just because it is based on a set of YA books, that is as far as the similarity goes. Yes it had vampires in and a male/female lead (trio) and so have many other films.

City of bones is the first film based on the Mortal instruments books by Cassandra Clare. I went into the cinema as a non fan. Had no expectations.I couldn't get into the books when I was first encouraged to read them by my daughter. But the clips looked good and she wanted to see it. Yes it probably went on about legends and mythology. Why wouldn't it? If you are going to make a film, its no good bypassing the why's and the wherefores of why they are doing what they are doing today. Every series of films has the first film as a getting to know the characters and a backstory. If they don't go into the story, it wouldn't make a lot of sense. The film had a lot of action, from early on into the film. With a hint of romance that hasn't over powered the film. It had feeling and depth to it and a little humour. I came away from the cinema wanting to know more and wanting to see more films. Even my husband who normally only tolerates such films to keep the peace wants to see the next one.

Reading the first book of the series the same night, was awesome. It had the same lines in it, mostly delivered by "Jace" and having watched the film, I could hear his voice and it was the same! Yes they changed bits, they had to. They had to get a long book into a film, that had to appeal to fans, non fans, teenagers, adults, and poor long suffering husbands who get dragged along. In short it had to appeal to everyone. I would say it was successful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 10 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
A very good movie. I enjoyed it almost as much as the book which I gave 5 stars by the way. I realize it is not fair to compare the two especially if everything in the book was put into the movie it would be over 5 hours long, but I did have a problem that I don't think some of the side character in the film got enough air time. Isabelle and Alec were almost like extras than a supporting cast in terms of their character development. Simon, Jocelyn, Luke, Magnus, could also have benefited from more time spent on them as well.

This movie is more of a based on the book than adaptation of it. They did make many changes to keep even the reader of the book interested. The only point I am not quite clear on is why the bad guys actually want the mortal cup? Their plans do seem to be independent of it, and the fact that it is hidden and out of use should suit their purposes even more. I do like the way that Clary has a more central role sort of like a chosen one type of thing. The effect and the way they created the world was excellent I thought. The last thing I did not like about the movie is the Shadow Hunters seemed to be a bit soft. Not the bad a$$ from the book. They seemed happier to hide then fight. Though they did fight when they had to.

If you read the book you know the plot, if you read the synopses you know what the film is about. I am just going to go into the basic details as it is more fun to discover the new world through watching the movie. Clary starts to see and doodle a symbol everywhere, suddenly she has an attraction the to darker side of the club scene. Entering a Goth club with her "best" friend Simon she witnesses a murder in the middle of the club, but nobody else seems to be able to see the killers or the victim.
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