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    Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
    Based upon the book of the same name by Cassandra Clare, you might be expecting this to be another addition to the growing number of supernatural novel adaptations. However, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is more than that. It’s sharp, sassy, witty and has a cast you could only dream of.

    Yet amongst the big lights and busy streets of Brooklyn, artist Clary (Lily Collins) is constantly sketching a symbol with no idea of what it means. However when her mother suddenly disappears, Clary is drawn into a world hidden within Brooklyn where nightmares are real, demons lurk and nobody can be trusted... or can they?

    This might sound like an atypical fantasy plot, but this is a clever and carefully crafted piece of storytelling. Lily Collins is a magnificent choice for Clary, mixing streetwise young woman with everyday girl. Last seen in Snow White fantasy Mirror Mirror, Collins is a promising young actress who shines as the likeable Clary.

    However, the award for best pairing has to be characters Jace and Simon, played respectively by Sweeney Todd’s Jamie Campbell-Bower and Misfits actor Robert Sheehan. Simon is Clary’s best friend. Dry humoured and secretly courageous, his feelings for Clary are hidden until the appearance of mysterious shadow hunter Jace. Helping Clary to understand both her own destiny and find her mother, Simon is reluctant to leave the two alone. Cue hilarious banter about cars, hair colour and sleeping arrangements as this unlikely pairing prove to be one of the best duos I have seen in the long time. I could personally just watch a film about Jace and Simon on their own - they’re that good.

    Aside from humour running throughout the film, there’s a host of action sequences and epic battles (some set to dance music, which makes the battles even more epic). Of course in every fantasy film there has to be a villain, and who better than The Tudor’s Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Donning leather trousers, tattoos and a slick haircut, everybody loves a bad guy, and Rhys-Meyers’ Valentine is fabulous. Sly, seductive and mischievous, he reveals a secret that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
    With more twists and turns than a country lane, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is an absolute thrill from start to finish - highly recommended!

    SARAH O’HARA ||



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