Aug 27, 2007

[Movies] DOA: Dead or Alive

DOA: Dead or AliveMy partner Brian and I have been dozing on and off all day since we got home after catching the last full show of Hairspray. Given that, we decided on watching something simple while our brains were still rebooting and ended up with DOA: Dead or Alive, the somewhat campy fighting movie based on the game of the same name.

As expected it was nothing amazing but still decently entertaining if only for the fight scenes and those little fan moments when you see that the movie managed to recreate something from the game.

The movie centered around the three primary female characters, Kasumi (Devon Aoki), Christie (Holly Vance) and Tina (Jaime Pressly) as they move beyond their ordinary routines in life to participate in the Dead or Alive tournament.

Beyond that the movie doesn't have much of a plot really, as expected from such video game-inspired movies and reminds me a lot of the Mortal Kombat universe that is also centered around an exclusive tournament.

The only really distinct performance here beyond he typically cheesy acting of Eric Roberts as Donovan would have to be Aoki. Think of her role as a more vocal version of her role as Miho in Sin City. While I'm not a big fan of her acting, she has managed to remain completely stoic during all fight scenes which makes her physical exertions in combat seem effortless.

There's not much else to expect from this movie beyond the fight sequences of limited success and the campy moments like seeing the DOA girls play volleyball. If you're really a fan of the series, you might still appreciate this film. Otherwise, you're not missing much.

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