Vampire Academy Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Vampire Academy

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Supernatural themes, violence and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Unschooled.

  • Starring:

    Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Dominic Sherwood, Olga Kurylenko, Sarah Hyland, Cameron Monaghan, Claire Foy, Joely Richardson

  • Directed by:

    Mark Waters

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, hit with objects, attacked, bitten, kicked, handcuffed, dragged, punched, stabbed, thrown, chained, set alight, slapped, blindfolded, headbutted, body-slammed, slashed, choked. Animals murdered (carcasses found), burning animals. Head-on vehicle collision, broken glass, debris, burning objects. Molotov cocktail. Domestic abuse mentioned. Howling, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpses (animal and human). Blood-drinking, bloody cuts, very bloody arm, dripping blood, bloody graffiti, broken leg, bone protruding through skin, bullet wound. Bloody slash marks on wrist. Bite wounds, blood donation. Sound of neck breaking. IV drips, hospital beds, hypodermic needle/injected seen, bandages.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, undressing, foreplay. Teen female in underwear. Cleavage. Porn mentioned. References to sex, virginity. Shirtless men (wearing towels). Topless female (seen from back). Herpes mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A sedative is injected (hypodermic needle seen).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Motherf-- (unfinished), a-words, b*tch, p*ssed. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women, genitalia. Religious references and exclamations. Teen, gender, cultural, genre stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Vampires, telekinesis, friendship, high school, royalty, PTSD, inappropriate romances, resurrection, fan fiction, nightmares, chronic disease, healing, blindness, father-daughter relationships, school bullying, shopping.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Church, hospital settings. Deceased parents, brother, pet. Drunk driver (fatal car accident) mentioned. Helicopter. Characters with scary red/yellow eyes, fangs. Cat, crow, animal carcasses, supernatural dog beasts. Fur worn. Spitting. Based on novel by Richelle Mead.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Self-aware, escapist, sarcastic, sexy, sassy, flip, funny. Honest depiction of teen girls, breakout lead performances, jokey tone, unintentionally funny, sporadically fun.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Tedious, wan, slapdash, under-budgeted, convoluted, banal, slow-witted, unconvincing, soul-sucking, toothless, stretched, contrived, cluttered, derivative, lazy. Ludicrous plot, excessive talk, cheesy/cheap fight scenes.

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