DOA: Dead or Alive is based on a popular video game I've never heard of, and if the movie is any indication of the quality of the game, there can't be much to it. While the movie offers some cheesy but "fun" fight sequences, it is one of the dumbest movies I've seen in a long time.
Jaime Presley, Devon Aoki, Holly Valance, Sarah Carter and Natassia Malthe star in the movie, which pretty much strives to show them in various skimpy outfits and kicking ass, but at a PG-13 level. This movie might have been one thing had it contained sex, violence, nudity and an R-rating, but at a pretty weak PG-13 movie, DOA really doesn't have a purpose. Its plot is about as ludicrous as they come, and the film itself looks like a low-budget Charlie's Angels.
Ultimately, the movie is watchable due to its many action scenes; director Corey Yuen seems to have had fun doing camera tricks to add an Asian flare to the picture, and there's certainly enough fights to keep things moving. Still, the action scenes are ultimately cheesy and uninteresting, as is the whole movie.
There's not much to say about DOA that every single person on this fine little planet knew from the first previews, and that is that it sucks. I've seen worse, but DOA has about as much intrigue and innuendo as a Barney episode.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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