The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

There are a half-dozen books in the Mortal Instruments series, but the odds are we’ll never get to see six movies. The first installment, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, has already been declared a box-office failure and the second is already in production … apparently for nobody in particular. It’s that same Twilight stuff all over again—haunted teenage girl meets smoldering slightly older British man-beast during a battle for eternity. But this isn’t even up to those meager standards. Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower have zero spark between them. And without that, the supernatural junk weighs this movie down even more. It’s also beset with pacing problems, too much story (trying to set up future chapters that will likely never be filmed), and some first-class dopiness, even for a young adult adaptation.

Credits

Director:

  • Harald Zwart

Cast:

  • Lily Collins
  • Jamie Bower
  • Robert Sheehan
  • Kevin Zegers
  • Lena Headey
  • Kevin Durand
  • Aidan Turner
  • Jemima West
  • Godfrey Gao
  • CCH Pounder
  • Jared Harris
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Harry Van Gorkum
  • Robert Maillet
  • Stephen Hart
  • Chris Ratz
  • Elyas M'Barek
  • Chad Connell

Producers:

  • Robert Kulzer
  • Don Carmody
  • Bob Shaye
  • Michael Lynne
  • Martin Moszkowicz

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