Vampire Academy, Hollywood English Film Movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * *
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Vampire Academy( English) Rating: * * blood sucking Tedious teen rant that takes the vampire legend to untold depths!
English film Review
Film: Vampire Academy
Director: Mark Waters
Rating: * *
The success of the Twilight series has unleashed a whole new sub-genre of vampire based films and this one is another in a long series of them. This too is based on a book and you can be sure that the next one in the series is just waiting to be filmed/or is it that it’s already been filmed? So prepare yourself for yet another blood-draining enterprise low on brain and high on chirpy action. This one is a chick flick of sorts and has it’s female leads performing all kinds of supernatural tricks and they also kick some butt in the bargain.
Ever since Bram Stoker’s Dracula descended into our pop-culture history we’ve seen others trying to get there viz the same route. From Anne Rice to Whitley Strieber, Stephenie Meyer to Richelle Mead , all have made Vampires into “impalers” of a totally different kind. And romance has become the core of every vampire film thereafter. The vampire lover indeed has become bankable, both in books and on film.
This Weinstein Company produced adaptation of Ms. Mead’s young adult “phenomenon,” has it’s mythology so mangled that it raises a stink. Rose Hathaway(Zoey Deutch) is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.
So we do not see teams ganging up against others and the vampires do not sparkle. The Strigoi are the most typical vampire stereotypes, the Moroi feed off of blood but are mortal, and the Dhampir is a half Moroi, half human. The Dhampir's do not feed off blood. The characters in the movie are much like the characters in the book and the fans will probably be happy with the cast and the movie!
If there had been less of dialogue and more visual content this movie had potential to be a bit darker than just being only surrounded by high school problems. But the whimsically teen side didn't keep this movie from the mild gore. It's not the best adaptation but its mostly true to the book. So that should go down well with the so-called fans or should I call them fangs? For the rest it’s severe debilitating monotony!