So Vampire Academy isn't your average teen scream vampire movie. Set in the prestigious halls and grounds of St Vladimir's Academy, the movie puts a new spin on an old tale and that's about it. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday), Vampire Academy is a poor attempt at surfing the supernatural wave that is currently flooding out of Hollywood.
Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures, Switched at Birth) plays the main protagonist, Rose Hathaway; a Dhampir, half human half vampire hybrid. She's a straight up, wise-cracking tough girl who isn't afraid to break a nail or a neck. Her witty comebacks and view on the world she lives in provide some comic relief. She briefly reminded me of Buffy, albeit a cheap version. Perhaps Rose's character was an attempt to mimic the Vampire Slayer's sharp retorts and protective nature? However, these amusing moments are few and far between and fail to save the static storyline.
Rose's calling is to protect the second female lead Lissa Dragomir, played by Lucy Fry (Lightning Point). Also known as a Moroi, Lissa is a royal, mortal vampire trying to live a peaceful and discreet life in our world. Her tragic yet cliché backstory make her an easy target for class mates as well as the main antagonists of the film. Enter the Strigoi; a bloodthirsty race of immortal vampires that seek to destroy St Vladimir's Academy and its inhabitants.
As the story unfolds we learn that there are more threats working against Rose and Lissa than the legion of Strigoi lurking outside the academy gates. Rose must protect Lissa from these forces at all costs as well as learning about herself along the way (insert generic love story here). The resolve of the plot is both predictable and drawn-out with the ending suggesting a sequel. A possibility since the movie is based on a series of books.
I read a review here that stated 'Vampire Academy might have worked as a television series. Why not? Pretty Little Liars meets True Blood on The CW.' This is a concept I find potentially interesting. But alas the movie making machine that is Hollywood has only added one more film to this season's Razzi awards list.
IMDB rates it 5.7. Decent acting and few good quips let me give it a 5. Vampire Academy is now available on DVD to rent or buy. So if you're bored this Saturday night and watching the grass grow has already been marked off your 'To Do List', rip out this month's free movie voucher from your Entertainment Book and give this movie a red hot go.
not a great molvie but good enough to enjoy. I took a friend to see it with a complimentary ticket. It came with a limited edition pack.
Goof storyline good acting but not academy award worthy material.