DOA: Dead Or Alive

Release Date: June 15, 2007
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What the world needs now more than ever is a couple of hours of hotties in skimpy clothing playing sand volleyball. And I don't mean the C. Thomas Howell/Courtney Thorne-Smith/Peter Horton flick Side Out either. That's why there is good news in hearing that the videogame adaptation of Dead or Alive has arrived. The bad news is that it's probably not going to be based on Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball but instead the less visually stimulating fighting games of the series. But there should be at least some volleyball, so we will call it a win.

For those of you unfamiliar with the videogames, Dead or Alive is similar to other titles that have been made into movies such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. The main difference seems to be that the graphics are a bit better and the women wear clothes so form fitting that they make Vivid Girls blush. Since those two videogame franchises have had such shaky movie outings, there is an obvious concern. What helps overcome said concern is to relax for a moment and remember such wonderful visuals as Kasumi pouting, Helena stretching and fixing her bow, and Tina finally being able to afford to put on the thong. Good times, good times.

J.F. Lawton, best known for his work on Pretty Woman and Under Siege, has written the script for this production. The action sequences for the movie version of the fighting game are clearly going to be ramped up as well. Corey Yuen, who directed the Jason Statham classic The Transporter, has been brought on board to offer kick-ass entertainment to fans of the videogame.

The cast is dynamic as well. My Name Is Earl scene stealer Jamie Pressly portrays Tina Armstrong. Sweet, deadly Miho herself, Devon Aoki, is Kasumi. Elektra bad girl Natassia Malthe is Ayane. And Smallville villain/Clark Kent seducer Sarah Carter is Helena Douglas. That's a whole lot of nummy right there. The male side is full of hulking behemoths such as Big Daddy Cool Kevin Nash and martial arts experts including Robin Shou. He completes the tie-in with Mortal Kombat, as he was that videogame adaptation's protagonist, Liu Kang. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for DOA: Dead Or Alive
Main Cast Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Natassia Malthe
Supporting Cast Matthew Marsden, Jaime Pressly, Eric Roberts, Holly Valance
Director Corey Yuen
Screenwriter J. F. Lawton, Seth Gross, Adam Gross, Granz Herman
Distributor MGM
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Rating PG-13
Screen Count 505
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