Movie Review: Vampire Academy (2014)

Published On February 28, 2014 » 2685 Views» By admin »

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You ever wonder what would happen if movie writers had put Harry Potter and Twilight into the same movie? Yeah, neither have I, but they decided to cash in on the hype from both and do it anyway. This creates a movie like Vampire Academy.

Rose (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa (Lucy Fry) are best friends and also vampires. Rose is some kind of body guard vampire, while Lissa is a princess vampire. (No, I swear to god I am not making this up). They attend St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire bodyguards and princesses alike. There, they deal with mean girl shenanigans and convoluted plot twists.

To describe this movie in one word, I would have to say ‘weird’. But not weird in a good way like Existenz; weird in a bad way like the Alice in Wonderland remake. With such an original plot, you would think that there would be tons of things to do with it, but instead the producers fell back on contrived twists and canyon sized plot holes.

For a supernatural movie, there is a sparse amount of special effects. The ones that do show up are silly and ridiculous looking.

The main problem I’m seeing is that this movie comes from a series of 6 books. To me, it feels a bit like they tried to cram every single book into a 105 minute movie. You will need a series of graphs, timelines and charts in order to follow this movie.

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Zoey Deutch played Rose and she was one of the bright shining spots in this movie. Her flip delivery keeps the character engaging, despite what could be some pretty tired dialog. For example: “Trust me. You do NOT want to have to get a nose job in Montana”. Wow, way to insult every doctor in Montana for no good reason.

This movie might seem Harry Potter meets Twilight at first glance, but you also need to throw in a bit of Cruel Intentions because these are adults in teen bodies, getting it on at every opportunity. There are also some serious lesbian undertones between the two leads, so if you’re into that, this movie will be great for you.

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It’s a cute movie that could have done with a bit of better dialog, and at least some special effects. The ones in this film were cheesy and forced together. In addition, a convoluted plot and frequent info dumps by the characters make this movie hard to follow. They tried to shove too much into one screenplay.

I think half of what made Harry Potter and Twilight work as movies is that much of the screenplay for the movies followed the books. This resulted in people becoming interested who had never read the books. Fans of the Vampire Academy books might enjoy Vampire Academy, but it is doubtful it will pull in a new audience with this halfhearted effort.  Watch the trailer below.

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