Hunger Games this is not...

Hunger Games this is not...

Adventure/130 minutes

Rating: 2/5

I have not read Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, a successful franchise with a huge teen following.

Neither am I a fan of Young Adult (YA) films that, more often than not, veer into cheesy histrionics instead of exploring the issues presented in depth. This is indeed the case for The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones.

It could be said that The Hunger Games series sparked interest in the market for YA fans. However, attempting to replicate this formula for success is what went wrong for The Mortal Instruments.

Directed by Harold Zwart, The Mortal Instruments revolves around Clary Fray (Lily Collins), whose unassuming life as a New Yorker comes to a halt when she finds out about the secret her mother Jocelyn (Lena Headey) has been keeping from her: She is a Shadowhunter, part of a dying breed trained to destroy demons and evil entities like Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

Clary seeks refuge at an institute that houses Shadowhunters after Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower), another Shadowhunter, rescues her and her human (also called a Mundane) best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) from demons.

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