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