Can City of Bones filll the fantasy film gap?

Undated Film Still Handout from The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones. Pictured: LILY COLLINS as Clary, ROBERT SHEEHAN as Simon, JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER as Jace and KEVIN ZEGERS as Alec. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Entertainment One. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones. Pictured: LILY COLLINS as Clary, ROBERT SHEEHAN as Simon, JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER as Jace and KEVIN ZEGERS as Alec. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Entertainment One. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

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With the final screen instalments of Harry Potter and the Twilight film series done and dusted, The Mortal Instruments is well timed.

Like the two famous film series’ before it, The Mortal Instruments is about an ordinary teenager who discovers they’re not so ordinary after all.

In this case, it’s 15-year-old New Yorker Clary (Lily Collins) who discovers that she is from a family of Shadowhunters, who are half-angel warriors locked in a battle to protect the world from demons.

But with her mother missing, Clary and ‘mundane’ (human) best pal Simon (Misfits star Robert Sheehan) have no time to ruminate on her new lineage and instead must join forces with some other Shadowhunters, including Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) to find her dear old mum.

With so much at stake, there should be a lot of drama here but instead The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones limps on, ticking off movie clichés along the way.

But the three leading actors do a good job with the sometimes cheesy script and will doubtless keep their fans hooked. Which is lucky, really, considering there are another five books in the series.