‘Vampire Academy’ Review: A YA Adaptation With More Hormones Than Brain Cells

If you thought that “Twilight” needed more of a “Juno”-esque sensibility and a location reminiscent of Hogwarts in the “Harry Potter” movies, then you’re the target audience for “Vampire Academy.”

The latest in a seemingly infinite line of Young Adult fantasies trying to command the attention – and disposable income — of tween girls, director Mark Waters’ adaptation of the first novel in Richelle Mead’s best-selling book series is, like its predecessors, a hodgepodge of sci-fi/monster mythology stitched awkwardly to the banal melodrama of adolescent romance.

Zoey Deutch (also of 2013?s YA dud “Beautiful Creatures”) plays Rose Hathaway, a half-human/half-vampire known as a Dhampir, who is training to be the guardian of her best friend Lissa (Lucy Fry), a Moroi princess and heir to the throne of Dragomir. Despite their best efforts to hide out among the mortal population, the duo are brought back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where cell phones and internet are replaced by chapel services and weapons training.  Read More...



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