Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy

Mark Waters (1) (2014)

104min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A Hogwarts for bloodsuckers is the setting for this glossy, smarmy and weak fantasy adapted from the first of Richelle Mead's young-adult novels. In attendance are benign aristocratic vampires called Moroi, their half-breed Dhampir guardians, and the evil adversaries of both, the Strigoi. It's up to a Dhampir called Rose (Zoey Deutch) to protect Moroi princess Lissa (Lucy Fry) from a mysterious threat to her accession. Once past the numbing mythology, director Mark Waters's anaemic film becomes a trudge through tedious teen banter about sex and fashion, an endless parade of hunks for the target audience to swoon over, and a jokey tone edging ever closer to parody. There's no real horror and only a few globs of cheesy action, while Gabriel Byrne overacts as a terminally ill patriarch and Joely Richardson puts in the briefest of cameos as a vampire queen. As Twilight knock-offs go, this one truly does suck.

Summary

Vampire princess Lissa and her half-human protector Rose are forced to attend a secret school for their race. As Lucy strives to reclaim her birthright, Rose hones her fighting skills to guard her friend against an impending conflict with a deadly rival breed of the undead. Fantasy based on Richelle Mead's novel, starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Gabriel Byrne and Olga Kurylenko.

Cast & Crew

Rose Hathaway Zoey Deutch
Lissa Dragomir Lucy Fry
Dimitri Belikov Danila Kozlovsky
Victor Dashkov Gabriel Byrne
Christian Ozera Dominic Sherwood
Headmistress Kirova Olga Kurylenko
Natalie Sarah Hyland
Queen Tatiana Joely Richardson
Director Mark Waters (1)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1 EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Jul 2014
Drama