Feb 172012

Director:  Corey Yuen

Rating:  PG-13

Running Time: 1hr 27 minutes

Release Date: 9/7/2006

Genre:  Action Adventure, Video Game, Martial Arts, Fighting

Cast:  : Tina Armstrong (Jaime Pressly), Christie Allen (Holly Valance), Kasumi (Devon Aoki), Ayane (Natassia Malthe) and Helena Douglas (Sarah Carter).

Synopsis: The movie,  DOA: Dead or Alive  is based on the best selling video game of the same name.  The plot is similar to other movies based on fighting games, like Mortal Kombat or Tekken.  The best fighters from around the world are picked to go to a remote location to fight to see who is the top fighter, but his movie is slightly different because the protagonists are all very good looking women.  So instead of only having slow motion shots of people punching and kicking, there are many slow motion shots of scantily clad ladies playing volleyball and sunning themselves on yachts.

Review: I wasn’t expecting much when I started watching DOA, but the story flowed smoothly and  there were some entertaining fight scenes.  One of the best fight’s takes place in the beginning during the introduction of Christie (Holly Vance).   She is suspected diamond theif and the police have tracked her to a Hong Kong hotel room and as she is coming out of the shower, they barge into the room and a huge fight ensues.  I’m pretty sure the director used a liberal amount of  CGI to prevent the censers from giving the movie higher than a PG-13 rating.

Since I have been accused of having nerd-like tendencies in the past, it was nice to see that the computer nerd character, Weatherby fall in love with the good looking fighter, Helena (Sarah Carter). and that he was really weak compared to her.   The movie also passes the Bechdel test in that; there are at least two named female characters, who talk to each other about something other than a man,but it probably doesn’t meet the spirit of that test.

Rarely does the movie make the viewer forget that it is just a typical video game fight with the same cliche characters but with female leads, but it was still entertaining and seemed to surpass movies like Mortal Kombat in that it has better special effects and doesn’t stray as far away from the games plotline.  In the end it is a light hearted movie with good looking women and men fighting each other, what could be better?





Frank’s Ratings


Characters 2
Story 2
Special Effects 4
Would Watch Again? 4
Average  3







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