Thanks to the success of the films like Twilight it seems that every young adult novel series focusing on vampires is hoping to deliver their own franchise. The latest, Vampire Academy takes a different approach to the lore, but does this popular book series transition onto the screen successfully or should have been expelled?
Vampire Academy follows a half vampire/half human girl training at St. Vladimir’s Academy to become a Guardian, an essential part of her world needed for survival. But will she be able to prove herself through discipline when she herself is falling for her 24 year old mentor, after returning to school with a Royal Moroi and her best friend after an infamous two year furlough that endangered their lives? While this film doesn’t sport the sparkly nonsense of the other series it does manage to keep the younger audience in mind and never really pushes any limits in the vampire mythology. While they have tried to create an interesting world similar to Harry Potter, but with vampires it just doesn’t have anything that really stands out to make it rise to something more. The performances are all decent enough, but nothing that is more than average. If there were anyone that stands out it would be Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland who isn’t bringing anything all that new to the table, but seems to be having a lot of fun and playing against the character type fans are used too. The rest of the story is pretty by the numbers and a bit cheesy at times, but delivers pretty much what you would expect from the trailers. There are some decent fight sequences at times, but beyond that it settles for mostly teenage girl banter.
This film is clearly geared towards a specific audience and will no doubt resonate with them, but as a whole it doesn’t have anything that makes it stand out as something special. It does at least manage to keep some aspect of the vampire tradition intact as opposed to the watered down version, but sadly it’s not enough to make this anything more than just another teen girl novel brought to life. In addition to the film this Blu-ray features an alternate opening, deleted scenes, and A Conversation with Author Richelle Mead.
Grab your bag and enroll in Vampire Academy when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on May 20th.