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DOA: Dead or Alive
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Sep 26, 2007 By: Mathew Plale
DOA: Dead or Alive order
Director:
Corey Yuen

Actors:
Jaime Pressly
Devon Aoki
Eric Roberts

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Various contestants parachute to a remote island to battle it out for a cash prize. Based off the video game 'Dead or Alive.'
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Somewhere between Crouching Tiger and Temptation Island (via an issue of Maxim) is DOA: Dead or Alive, a movie set on a remote locale (that you must parachute to) reserved for the Dead or Alive tournament, a hand-to-hand contest organized by Eric Roberts where the winner walks away with $10 million.

Based off of 1997s Sega Saturn/Playstation/etc. videogame Dead or Alive, DOA adds flesh and bone (but no brain or personality) to its console counterparts. Our three lead contestants are ninja princess Kasumi (model Devon Aoki) out to avenge her brothers death, superstar pro-wrestler Tina (Pressly) who must go toe-to-toe with her father (pro wrestler Kevin Nash), and assassin/master thief Christie (Holly Valance) whose breasts are hidden cleverly throughout.

Non-stop wham-bam combat and outdated SFX aside (how many heads of lettuce did they chop for this movie anyway?), DOA is really just an 86-minute showcase of blondies in short-shorts and tiny tops. There are a dozen or so battles (some actually funner than the gameplay), but the fellas will be keener on Shark cutie Sarah Carter in her rain-soaked swimsuit.

A couple of characters from the videogame didnt make the cut (Kokoro, Tengu, among others) and are replaced by Max and Weatherby, whose subplots aid in stretching the movie past an hour. Maxs has something to do with a vault housing $100 million, while Weatherby spends his screen time correcting those who call him Wallaby.

An ounce or two of credit goes to director Corey Yuen (The Transporter), who (whether he knows it or not) adds a favorable amount of cheese to this estrogen-laden Enter the Dragon. Fans know its difficult to make a successful movie out of a versus fighting game: Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat were one-two abominations to SNES fansbut that wont stop me from petitioning to get Shaq-Fu on the big screen.
THE EXTRAS
East Meets West: Behind the Action of DOA (11:01) is a breezy piece on the shooting of DOA and chicks martial arts training.

Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
DOA: Dead or Alive, since it's a videogame adaptation, has built-in problems. It sometimes beats them, but most of the movie feels like a game over. But hey, if you're a lonely male who's too "proud" to walk out of the videostore with a little brown bag, give it a shot.
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