The moral instruments: City of Bones

The moral instruments: City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, starring Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins.

Rating: 2/5

I really wanted to love this one. Like you, I've been waiting for the next Harry Potter or the next Twilight. Sadly, this isn't it - at least not for me.

There seems to be two or three of these based-on-a-bestseller would-be franchises coming out every year.

Percy Jackson, The Golden Compass, Beautiful Creatures, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Host, The Seeker, Cirque du Freak, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Eragon... the list goes on.

Here we are with The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, and I can't help but feel it's also destined for the scrap heap.

The main problem with the flick is the same problem that so many of these me-too blockbusters have - its casting.

Bower is supposed to be part angel, but he looks demonic. Beautiful, but still demonic. Collins, our heroine, is certainly a pretty girl, but her appeal basically stops there.

As she already proved in Mirror Mirror, her eyebrows are the most interesting thing about her. She's kinda boring.

Another problem with City Of Bones is that director Zwart has got ants in his pants. I've never seen a movie in such a hurry to be over.

Clary's makeover scene - in which she is transformed from a normal girl into a buttkicking, black-clad demon-huntress - could have been so fun, but Zwart just skips past it.

He does this again and again.

If he doesn't care, why should we?

jjohnson@sph.com.sg

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