DOA: Dead or Alive
DOA: Dead or Alive
PG-13 | 23 August 2006 (USA)
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Four beautiful rivals at an invitation-only martial-arts tournament join forces against a sinister threat. Princess Kasumi is an aristocratic warrior trained by martial-arts masters. Tina Armstrong is a wrestling superstar. Helena Douglas is an athlete with a tragic past. Christie Allen earns her keep as a thief and an assassin-for-hire.


As Good As It Gets

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This is a tender, generous movie that likes its characters and presents them as real people, full of flaws and strengths.

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Rio Hayward

All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.

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Rosie Searle

It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.

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Jackson Booth-Millard

When I set about seeing this film, I had no idea it was based on a video game series, but it does make sense, especially when I read about what it was about, I just fancied something simple to watch really, directed by Corey Yuen (The Transporter). Basically "Dead or Alive" (DOA) is a martial arts tournament on an isolated island within an advanced complex where the world's best fighters participate in a contest, the loser who gets knocked-out will be forced to leave the island and return home, the winner will receive the ultimate prize of $10 million. Three female fighters are chosen to take part, they are Ninja princess Kasumi (Sin City's Devon Aoki), professional wrestler Tina Armstrong (My Name Is Earl's Jaime Pressly), and master thief and assassin Christie Allen ("Kiss Kiss" singer Holly Valance). Arriving on the island by aeroplane and parachute, Christie, Tina and Kasumi find out they are not just fighting for the championship, they are going against tournament master Donovan (Eric Roberts), the late tournament founder's teenage daughter Helena Douglas (Final Destination 2's Sarah Carter). Kasumi left her kingdom in search of her brother Hayate (Collin Chou) who disappeared a year ago at the tournament, Tina is taking part to prove she is not a fake when fighting, and Christie and her lover and treacherous partner Maximillian 'Max' Marsh (Resident Evil: Extinction's Matthew Marsden) plan to break into a vault on the island, of course Donovan has his own agenda and other plans of exploitation for the female fighters. Also starring Kane Kosugi as Hayabusa, Natassia Malthe as Ayane and Derek Boyer as Bayman. The cast all do their parts fine, there is an alright sort of story going on, and some fight scenes are well edited, but it felt like a big mash- up of Charlie's Angels and Mortal Kombat taking place on a Tracy Island, and I was much more distracted by the beautiful women kicking ass and semi-naked with fabulous figures in bikinis almost the whole way through, overall it is an average martial arts action adventure. Okay!

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Well it is a terrible film, but there has been and will continue to be a lot worse than this. It is at least watchable; barely, but still watchable. It is however just another addition to the ever growing list of disappointing films inspired by video games; Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, Street Fighter and more recently Max Payne and Tekken. All have been poor. This is the worst of the bunch though; choosing to cast for looks rather than martial art ability. But that couldn't even save this film from digging itself 6 feet under. The plot is preposterous; it is uninteresting and it's almost impossible to get interested. It relies on half naked woman to invoke that interest more than anything else. In a film full of nonsense there are some horrors that stand out; apparently trained ninjas with swords are scared of rose petals and shiny pink wristbands. And you know that saying romance is never dead;well it would commit suicide if it seen some of the stuff in this. Prepare for inevitable cringing and rolling of the eyes. There are worse films but i would recommend watching something else. 1.5/10

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It was absolutely unbearable to watch this. Everything was bad all around the board- from costume design to script to the actors (who I actually feel sorry for). It appears that the director or the writer- whoever- simply saw a cover for this game. I loved the game! This is just so beyond everything. Hayabusa, Hayate- all your favorites are totally slandered in this ridiculous attempt at a "movie." I watch it just to feel my heart break at how it ruins all of the characters. However, I must say that the only gleaming star in the pile of trash! is Tina played by Jaime Pressly. She looked the role and gave it her 100%. Great job Jaime- i'm so sorry you had to deal with the people who produced this pile of junk. The scenes lack any depth. As a matter of fact, so do the characters. The plot lines, all of the back stories, everything that we know and love are barely touched and often misconstrued and ambiguous. The fitness of the overall characters can be summed up by what my friend said "Looks like they just got off the couch" pertaining to the physique of these characters. Hayabusa was so small and puny I would not feel threatened by his presence whatsoever. Kasumi was a joke as was Ayane. Watch for the laughs but be prepared to pee yourself silly. It's bad.

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I like action movies, but I know the score with movies based on games. They tend to be low budget crap, that offend every sensibility you might have towards good film making.However I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It has a nice clean style, doesn't take itself too seriously, and it was fun and entertaining to watch. Most importantly I didn't feel it suffered too much from the bad acting, casting and costumes that plagued similar movies like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. The notable exception being Ayane, who suffers from the dreaded 'white girl in an anime costume' playing Asian. Thankfully she is not in it too much.If I could liken it to other movies. I would say it is on a par with films like Fast and the Furious (or any Vin Diesel film really), Charlie's Angels, or Men in Black. If you were able to sit though those, and be entertained, then you should be happy with this too.I don't usually like watching trailers because they often spoil films. But in this case, there isn't a great deal to spoil. So I would advise watching the trailer and go with your impulse. If you find yourself thinking "this might be fun" then you will probably enjoy it. On the other hand: If you think "this looks like inane tripe" then I doubt watching the whole thing will change your mind.I would give this film a 6, it has good fight scenes, hot girls, non- stop action, and nothing too serious or annoying to spoil the fun.

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