Run time- 104 minutes
genre- comedy, romantic, horror, action
Director-: Mark Waters
Writers-: Richelle Mead (novel), Daniel Waters (screen play)
Stars-: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky
Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half-vampire and half-human, who is training to be a guardian at St Vladimir's Academy along with many others like her. There are two types of vampires in their world: Moroi, who co-exist peacefully among the humans and only take blood from donors, and also possess the ability to control one of the four elements - water, earth, fire or air; and Strigoi, blood-sucking, evil vampires who drink to kill. Rose and other dhampir guardians are trained to protect Moroi and kill Strigoi throughout their education. Along with her best friend, Princess Vasilisa Dragomir, a Moroi and the last of her line, with whom she has a nigh unbreakable bond, Rose must run away from St Vladimir's, in order to protect Lissa from those who wish to harm the princess and use her for their own means.
I have waited so long for this movie as I am a vampire academy (novel) series fan but this was much more bellowing my expectation label. Richelle Mead's sharp series of young-adult novels might have been better off being adapted for long form TV, rather than the big-screen. I think this movie will be quickly forgotten, which is probably best.
To start with I have problem with everything regarding this movie, starting from movie poster to cast and acting. The movie poster is not quite attractive i mean pink and green. Richelle did a great job by adding horror, comedy and action to the young adult romantic genre but the movie was really a shame as Daniel Waters wrote the screenplay for HEATHER'S, which is one of the really nice films about school, though I still have not seen it.
The foremost disappointment was dimitri Belikov, from the expression of books i had mighty expression on him but the cast director clearly tried because the actor Danila Kozlovsky is actually Russian , although, I don’t think they ever gave Danila a chance to actually speak in Russian? So, what was the point? I’m just saying, He seemed a little too old (seems like in his thirties) for Zoey Deutch’s Rose, and he did look the worst in male-ponytail. The main issue though is that Danila Kozlovsky and Zoey Deutch had none of the chemistry that Rose and Dimitri have in the books – which was the sorrowful thing for me as vampire academy series is one of my favorite novels. I also did not like when dimitri called Rossa out of affection.
While i am talking about casting then Lucy Fry as Lissa Dragomir was another upsetting thing. I think lissa is very dull and boring in this movie. Sometimes it’s hard to read her expression and while hypnotizing people she was just expressionless. But what i hate the most is her mouth; she even can’t talk properly with her fangs. Another fact is that lissa and rose’s being shadow-kissed shown horribly in the movie.
The one or may be only good thing about this movie was Zoey Deutch as Rose; she really tried very hard to hold on to her character in this movie. I am serious she is just fabulous in her comic tone and serious lines.
Here the director tries to cover whole book in 104 minutes but fails to do so. The plot was awful as it was difficult to understand what’s happening so was the dialog. I really hope for remake of the movie in a better way or the adaptation for long term TV show.
I can hardly give it two stars out of five.