Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Transition to Film Misses Mark; Targetingyoung Viewermakes Muchof Flick Hardto Watch

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Transition to Film Misses Mark; Targetingyoung Viewermakes Muchof Flick Hardto Watch

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Byline: Louise O'Mara Toowoomba Chronicle

VAMPIRE ACADEMY

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovsky, Lucy Fry, Sarah Hyland, Gabriel Byrne and Olga Kurylenko.

Directed: Mark Waters

Rating: 1/2

OF COURSE I had high hopes for the film version of Richelle Mead's popular novel, Vampire Academy.

For one, it is about a bunch of vampires who attend boarding school; and second, the director also who did Mean Girls.

Thirdly, the book is actually pretty good. It sure sucked (see what I did there?) me into reading all six of the series.

The books are not about a wimpy girl lusting over a vampire (like Twilight), so if you think that is what you are getting, don't worry.

The lead characters are two pretty amazing girls centred in more authentic Russian vampire folklore.

There is the race of Moroi, who don't kill to feed and can go out in the sunlight (although it does hurt a bit).

Then there is the half-Moroi breed, Dhampirs, who have super skills, but don't feed, making it perfect for them to be guardians of the Moroi.

Lastly the Strigoi - more like the big bad vampires we are familiar with, who are hell-bent on destroying the Moroi.

The film starts out with the two leads, Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), on the run from their boarding school for almost a year.

But they are not just wagging from school; there is an extreme threat against Lissa who is really Princess Vasilisa Dragomir, the last of her family's bloodline.

However, their break from school is over as the sexy guardian, Dimitri Belikov, turns up to take them back to Vampire Academy, actually known as St Vladimir's Academy.

The girls then have to get used to being back in high school as well as work out who is threatening Lissa. Is it just school pranks, or is there something more sinister going on? …

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