(2014) (Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action/Comedy/Horror: A half-human, half-vampire and her mortal vampire friend must contend with being captured and returned to an Academy for their kind where the hybrid teen must protect her friend from threats from both inside and outside the academy's walls.
- It's been two years since a drunk driver killed the parents and brother of Lissa Dragomir (LUCY FRY), a princess in line for the throne of the Moroi, a race of peaceful and mortal vampires. Also injured in the wreck was Rose Hathaway (ZOEY DEUTCH), one of the many half-vampire, half-human Dhampirs whose mission in life is to protect the Moroi from the evil and immortal vampires known as the Strigoi. Bonded by the accident -- with Rose often being able to see, hear and feel what Lissa is experiencing -- the two teenagers had been attending St. Vladamir's Academy, but ran away and have been on the run for the past year.
Recaptured by a team sent by Headmistress Kirova (OLGA KURYLENKO), the girls are returned to "Vampire Academy" where they learn that one of the former instructors, Ms. Karp (CLAIRE FOY), mysteriously no longer works there. Lissa also discovers that her ex-boyfriend is now dating the ultra petty Mia Rinaldi (SAMI GAYLE), but now has her own sights set on bad-boy Christian Ozera (DOMINIC SHERWOOD) who similarly lost his parents in the past.
Meanwhile, Rose wishes that nice guy Mason Ashford (CAMERON MONAGHAN) had a body like that belonging to Jesse (ASHLEY CHARLES), but finds herself falling for Dimitri Belikov (DANILA KOZLOVSKY), her physical trainer who wants to sharpen her skills in order to best protect Lissa, a sentiment shared by Victor Dashkov (GABRIEL BYRNE), Lissa's father's ailing best friend. As the teens try to get re-acclimated to the school, they must contend with something far more serious than the teen pettiness that surrounds them. And those are threats against Lissa, something Victor's somewhat nerdy daughter, Natalie (SARAH HYLAND), tries to help Rose and Lissa solve before it's too late.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Since it features vampires and snarky teens, it might appeal to those who liked "Juno," "Mean Girls" and the like, as well as any flicks featuring young vampires in love/lust.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violence, bloody images, sexual content and language.
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