Way back in 2006, the world was treated to a modern re-telling of the ancient Greek tale of the Battle of Thermopylae. It is a story of such heroism that their names echo down through time. We had CGI enhanced men…..lots and lots of men….abs crunched to eye watering perfection …. little leather outfits hanging from swaggering hips….lots of blood and swords and yelling and………..oh my! And at the helm, their Scottish Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler).
Having defeated the Spartans, the Persian forces head towards the city of Athens. Aussie Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton), after trying in vain to unite the Greek states, leads the Greek forces in a naval battle against the King/God Xerxes (Santoro) and the fantastically evil and ruthless Artemisia (Green).
Based on Cassandra Clare’s book of the same name, this is the first in what I am sure will be a movie franchise. And I have not read the book so I wont be comparing the book vs movie character….. although I always encourage reading the book.
Clary (Collins) is an ordinary 15 year old girl who, after witnessing what appears to be a murder in the middle of a nightclub, discovers she is descended from a long line of Shadowhunters. These Shadowhunters protect humans (or mundanes as they are known) from demons. As one character pointed out to the bewildered Clary, ‘ all the stories are true ‘.
Clary’s mother Jocelyn (Headey) has kept herself and her daughter hidden for many years for a number of reasons. One of them being that she knows a secret that some would kill to retrieve. As it becomes harder to keep Clary away from the truth, destiny intervenes and Clary, along with her human best friend Simon (Sheehan) is introduced to a world she never even knew existed.