Vampire Academy: Teenaged Vamps
Film: Vampire Academy
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Sarah Hyland Dominic Sherwood, Gabriel Byrne, Olga Kurylenko
Director: Mark Waters
Love is at the core of the subplots of this vampire film whose target audience is teenaged girls. Filial love, paternal love, romantic love, star crossed love, even platonic love. The main plot of this movie adapted from bestselling young adult novels by Richelle Mead revolves around a vampire “princess” and her protectress, at the Vampire Academy where they are cocooned on retrieval from the outside world by one Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky).
Many will be familiar with vampire folklore. The bloodsucking undead who walk by night have been the staple of many films, inspired by the Bram Stoker classic. Adapted for the screen by director’s brother Daniel Waters, Vampire Academy” expands the vampire universe to a stratified society comprising Dhampirs who are half human/half vampire, the Moroi who are peaceful, mortal creatures living undetected among humans and the Strigoi, bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, with whom viewers will be most familiar in movies too many to name.
Brave and pretty Rose Hathaway (Deutch) is a Dhampir who is committed to protecting the Moroi princess Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) from the evil Strigoi. Naturally, the movie contains plenty of fights and blood-letting of the fang in the neck and donor(!!!) kind. And since teenagers abound, sex is a favoured topic for theory (and practice) at the Academy which is ruled with an iron hand by the comely Headmistress Kirova (Olga Kurylenko) and ageing Provost Victor Dashkov (Gabriel Byrne).
Here, Lissa falls in love with the low born undesirable Christian Ozera (Dominic Sherwood) while Rose gets some training from handsome hulk Dimitri between study classes and masses in the chapel that is presided over by a priest wearing Eastern Orthodox vestments. Needless to say, religion is far from everyone’s minds. A sequel is in the offing.