Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) goes to St Vladimir's Academy where as a dhampir, half-vampire and half-human, she is training to be a vampire guardian. The vampires which Rose and her fellow students are training to protect are Moroi, good vampires who only take blood from donors whilst those they are protecting the Moroi from are the evil Strigoi. For Rose her job is to protect Princess Vasilisa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) which isn't easy as there is trouble at the Academy and those she thought she could trust may not be so trustworthy after all.
Before starting this review of "Vampire Academy" let me give you a bit of trivia. Despite not doing very well at the box office director Mark Waters wanted to make a sequel and was told by the studio if he could get the fans to raise $1.5 million, in doing so showing their support for the sequel, the studio would back the movie. It turns out that just over a quarter of million was raised and so the sequel never was made. I mention this because I was not overly impressed with "Vampire Academy" and it seems that by the lack of support for a sequel others felt the same.
So why didn't I like "Vampire Academy"? Well this movie felt like someone chucked some "Harry Potter", "Twilight", "Percy Jackson", "Mean Girls" and "Clueless" into a giant mixing bowl and came up with this teen drama about this half breed vampire girl who kicks ass to protect a vampire princess, beats up evil vampires, deals with treachery within the academy thanks to other's magic ability whilst still getting time to fall in love. Maybe Richelle Mead's novels paint a more interesting picture but this movie ends up feeling like some one has tried to make a vampire cross over of "Harry Potter" and "Percy Jackson".
Now maybe younger audiences will enjoy this, it certainly delivers on a pretty cast with Zoey Deutch doing her best to deliver plenty of character. But for anyone over the age of 18 this has seemingly little to offer and quickly descends into noise and hair flicks.
What this all boils down to is that for me "Vampire Academy" was not up my street and offered up little other than a variation on what other movies have achieved. But maybe for a much younger audience it might have some entertainment value, well it does feature a pretty cast acting hot.
Tags: Vampire Movies