Review: ‘Mortal Instruments’ a monster mash

August 22, 2013 • Entertainment

This film publicity image released by Screen Gems shows Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace, right, and Lilly Collins as Clary in a scene from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Screen Gems, Rafy)

A young adult fiction binge has broken out in “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

Like an 80-car pill-up, all of the current tropes of teenage fantasy here careen into one another: the young heroine with previously unknown powers; the gothic mix of heavenly and hellish supernatural creatures; the breathless romance with a young Brit of angelic cheekbones. And, oh, the tattoos.

It’s an overdose of mysticism, concocted to give devoted young fans their fix: a heartthrob to swoon over and grand battles to match inflated teenage emotions.

The film is based on the first in a series of popular young adult novels by Cassandra Clare, Login to read more

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