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Vampire Academy Movie Review

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Vampire Academy is the latest teen vampire book-to-movie adaptation to hit cinemas this month, based on the first book of Richelle Mead’s bestselling series.  Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and her best friend Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) have been on the run for two years and now must return to St. Vladimir’s Academy; where they face a new threat, all while trying to survive high school.

As far as adaptations go Vampire Academy does the book justice; it was funny, had some action and the lead actresses fit into their roles perfectly.  Although, directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and screenplay by Daniel Waters (Heathers) I expected something more from them considering the source material which had more punch and sharpness.

 The first half of the movie is dedicated to the set up and explanation of the world’s own vampire mythology, with terms such as Dhampir, Moroi and Strigoi.  Once understood, the pacing of the movie was slightly off, with the beginning of the story rushed through.  Then as all the action was happening, the movie ended, alluding to an opening for a possible sequel. However, I think the series would have suited a television format rather than a move franchise because of how the story is set out and paced in the novels.

Vampire Academy is one of the better teen book-to-movie adaptations compared to the recent string of adaptations; Beautiful Creatures, Percy Jackson, I Am Number Four that have failed translating page to screen.  Fans of the series will get a kick of seeing their favourite characters and scenes come to life on the big screen and regular movie goers will get an entertaining teen vampire movie.

Vampire Academy is out is cinemas now.

Text and images by Vanessa Lam.

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