SOME­TIME OUT OF TUNE, OF­TEN DEAD CATCHY, US, 131 MIN

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - MOVIES -

It’s a lit­tle bit Twi­light. It’s a lit­tle bit Harry Pot­ter. Heck, it’s even a lit­tle bit Percy Jack­son. It’s also a whole lotta hooey. But it would be un­wise to write off the first Mor­tal In­stru­ments movie as a to­tally de­riv­a­tive dud. Based on a pop­u­lar se­ries of nov­els by Cassandra Clare, enough po­ten­tial is shown – by virtue of a wel­come, self-mock­ing sense of hu­mour – to sug­gest it could be a fran­chise worth stick­ing with. Lily Collins ( Mir­ror Mir­ror) stars as Clary, search­ing for her miss­ing mother in a se­cret realm that co-ex­ists along­side nor­mal life in New York City. Clary falls in with a tribe of war­rior an­gels, only to dis­cover she may be bred to be a de­mon-slayer her­self. Prob­a­bly a fan­sonly af­fair, but the un­con­vinced will make it through by fo­cus­ing on the know­ingly nutty stuff sprin­kled across this tale.

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