Film review: Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Based on the fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare and containing elements familiar to anyone who has ever seen a film dealing with vampires or werewolves or witches or teenagers, or all of the above, the past few years, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is below-par, even in the much-derided genre of romantic supernatural thrillers.

Of course, as with all these kinds of films, it’s all about teenage angst and the feeling of not fitting in, and our protagonist has to grow up very quickly when she learns of her supernatural lineage and is forced to confront the demons within and without.

“She” is Clary Fray (Lily Collins), but while her mother – a woman with immense powers who wanted to save her little girl by not telling her a single thing, thereby putting her precious life in danger because she is wholly ignorant of and unprepared for the impending doom – certainly doesn’t help her deal with the strange, perilous world she encounters, she does have backup: the Shadowhunters, who fight evil most people don’t even see.

But since most people are not affected by these spirits, the importance of these creatures is somewhat undermined as they seem to be wholly separate from the lives of people in the “real” world.

Read the full review at The Prague Post.

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