The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones – What You Need To Know
The first instalment of The Mortal Instruments hits DVD shelves on Monday (January 27), here's what you need to know about the first episode City Of Bones.
What’s the background?
The Mortal Instruments has been the biggest teen literary phenomenon since The Twilight Saga. Written by Cassandra Clare, there have been five books in the series so far, with another instalment on the way in May of this year.
They've sold million of copies all over the world and seemed like a total no-brainer to be turned into a money-spinning film franchise. Unfortunately, box office receipts in the summer didn't quite match expectations, but fans liked the film and will doubtless be keen to grab the DVD. Either way, it's getting a sequel…
What’s the plot?
Set in contemporary New York, the film focuses around the story of Clary Fray, an artistic daydreamer who lives in a tiny apartment with her mother. One night, while out at a club with her friend Simon, Clary witnesses a man kill another, but, bafflingly, she is the only one who sees it happen. The man wielding the killing blow is Jace Wayland, a shadowhunter, a warrior that slays demons; he confronts Clary about why she can see him.
Following this, Clary discovers that she is in fact a shadowhunter too and is quickly drawn into the dangerous world of underground New York, complete with werewolves, demons and vampires.
Who’s in it?
Lily Collins (daughter of Phil) stars as Clary, with Games Of Thrones' actress Lena Headey playing her mother Jocelyn. Aidan Turner plays Jocelyn's best friend Luke, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing the dastardly Valentine, the film's villain. Jamie Campbell Bower stars as the dashing Jace Wayland with Jemima West and Kevin Zegers also appearing as his shadowhunting companions, Misfits' actor Robert Sheehan plays Clary's put-upon best friend Simon while Sherlock Holmes' man Jared Harris plays Hodge, mentor to the young shadowhunters.
Does it deliver?
Yes and no. It's very faithful to the book, almost to its cost, it's got a running time of well over two hours and there's a lot of explaining to do about the world of the Mortal Instruments.
Fans of the book will be pleased and grateful for how faithful it is, but if you're new to the story, there's a lot to catch up on. Still, it's getting a sequel, so there's clearly plenty of life in the franchise yet.
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (January 27th).