~ Movie Review ~
Based on the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead;
Directed by Mark Waters;
Screenplay by Daniel Waters;
Zoey Deutch (Rose Hathaway)
Lucy Fry (Vasilisa Dragomir)
Danila Kozlovsky (Dimitri Belikov)
Dominic Sherwood (Christian Ozera)
Sarah Hyland (Natalie Dashkov)
US Box Office: $7.8 million
Runtime: 1 h 45 mins
Links: movie website | the book
~ The Official Movie Trailer ~
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.
Wow I don't even know where to start. I was so excited to watch this movie. Even though I had read bad review after bad review. I still had some hope. I hoped it would be likeable and saveable. Sadly this is not the case for me. I was initially so upset that I missed the movie on the big screen which wasn't even aired for 2 weeks - now I am sort of relieved I watched it at home.
Lets start with what I did like:
I think Zoey did a pretty good job of playing Rose - most of the time.
I liked Lucy Fry who played Lissa also did a good job.
They do a really good job when they introduce you to the Vampire Academy concepts of the different vampires and how the bond between Rose & Lissa pretty well.
Th Vampire Academy set was amazingly done!
What I didn't like:
When it came to Zoey acting out the bond with Lissa - it was overacted and kind of cheesy.
Dimitri is not what I imagined. He played the part well but he was not as 'hot' as I think he could have been.
The fight scenes were okay, nothing kick ass or fatnastic.
The humor that was attempted to be portrayed was a hit and miss for me.
The romance between Rose & Dimitri was nothing more than a simmer for me. It lacked intensity.
I bought the DVD and now I am going to sell the DVD. I won't be watching this again... ever. I'll be sticking to the books for sure. I'll probably watch the follow up if there is one just because I loved the books but my expectations have dropped.