The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

Venture into a world of mystery, monsters and war as the first in a soon to be six part franchise The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones takes to cinemas, based on the worldwide bestseller City of Bones by author Cassandra Clare.

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones transports you into an alternate almost parallel New York City, where a seemingly ordinary teenager Clary Fray played by the awe-inspiring Lily Collins, discovers a new life in a world that she never knew existed as a descendant of a line of Shadowhunters. A Shadowhunter is a young half-angel warrior destined to protect the world from demons in a never ending war locked between good and evil. Clary has no idea what or who she really is and goes about her life as usual until her mother is kidnapped by demons and Clary must uncover the truth and join forces with a group of Shadowhunters in a world filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures beyond imagination to save the world she never before knew existed.

Remember all the stories of legends and creatures from nightmares are true. Director Harald Zwart known best for his work on Agent Cody Banks and the recent Jaden Smith The Karate Kid film takes the audience into a spectacular unbelievable world through the art of visual effects and his tension spilling cinematic style. Zwart previous filmography makes him an almost perfect match for The Mortal Instruments franchise through his experience creating teen centered worlds full of intense action and comedy. Although the film is not an exact match to the book Zwart has appeared to try to keep the storyline of the film as close to the book as possible whilst still keeping as much of a moderate runtime as possible which has turned out at just over two hours.

The fans expectations are drastically high after a six year wait since the release of the City of Bones book it has finally been turned into a breathtaking movie. The franchise is set to remain extremely teen-targeted bringing humorous moments, werewolves and vampires into the spotlight. The franchise is currently slated to continue as work on the sequel is already underway. The franchise is made up of six books so it could be some years before we see the final ending to the mysterious world of mythological creatures and Shadowhunters on screen.

The sixth book, City of Heavenly Fire is currently set to be released in May, 2014 and if you thought that this new movie franchise was one to burn out quickly you are completely wrong as back in March 2013 there was a group of prequels to the Mortal Instruments franchise release entitled The Infernal Devices which depending on the box office gross of the upcoming five films could also make there way to our screens.

This is an exhilarating story and a cinematic work of art it is a must see for all fans and admirers of the book franchise and is certainly destined to go down a storm at the box office.

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