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.

Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
2 hours 10 minutes

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 5 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I went into this with hopes, and open to surprises. Sadly my hopes were dashed pretty quickly, and I learned equally quickly that there were no surprises to be had.
The short version? You have seen EVERYTHING in this film done better and elsewhere to some degree. Girl discovers she has wondrous powers and is the key to everything? Tick. Falls for brooding pale hero? Tick. Has a best friend who's mooning after her so we can have the obligatory love triangle? Tick. There's a missing ultimate power everybody wants? Tick. The hero's 'posse' initially reject the new guy (girl)? Tick. There's a wise but slightly bonkers mentor? Tick. The heroes are slightly goth and stylish? Tick. Magical hidden places nobody else can get into? Tick. Magic. Tick. Self doubt? Tick. Need I go on?
It's not a terrible film, it's just very badly written and directed with an uninspired efficiency that makes it clear it simply exists to milk money out of the teen fiction market that fed Twilight and the far superior (and MUCH edgier) Hunger Games. Where Hunger Games took risks with textured characters, emotional conflict and genuine peril and shocking moments, this sticks so tightly to safe predictability you'd think it was a limpet. You know full-well that nobody important is in any real danger.
Nobody gets a back-story of any genuine detail except for the purposes of contrived-feeling reveals, there's no depth to the war (which is very shallowly explained, because after all, it's secondary to the heroine's journey of self discovery and romance) and the dialogue is poor.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 2 Sep 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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103 of 116 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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