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May 24th, 2006:
Four young, attractive women are invited to an exotic island to compete in a deadly fighting tournament called “Dead or Alive.” Tina Armstrong (Jaime Pressly
), Helena Douglas (Sarah Carter
), Christie Allen (Holly Valance
), and Kasumi (Devon Aoki
) are not only sexy, but also dangerous as they take on male competition, such as the hulking Bass (Kevin Nash
).What to Expect:
The film is based on Tecmo’s popular video game franchise, which is comparable to the likes of “Street Fighter” and “Mortal Kombat.” Since those two classics have already been adapted into atrocious movies, there’s no reason not to do the same with “Dead or Alive.” The main attraction with “Dead or Alive” seems to be in the excellent graphics department, which fabulously displays the game’s many scantily clad female characters. “Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball” stands out in particular when it comes to showing some digital skin. Article continues below
Martial art films director Corey Yuen
has been chosen to helm the video game adaptation. Previously, he and Louis Leterrier co-directed the Jason Statham
action flick The Transporter, which stands as Yuen’s most celebrated project to date. His list of credits includes mostly mediocre Hong Kong based martial arts pictures featuring Jet Li
. However, he has a surprisingly generous $30 million budget to work with this time around. In addition, DOA is shooting in exquisite locations in the Yuzi Paradise, Hong Kong, and China. For one, the movie should have plenty of relentless over-the-top action sequences as well as a manic visual style to match, but I’m not sure if Yuen can form a comprehensive story. One of the writers, J. F. Lawton, has actually written scripts for films like Pretty Woman and Under Siege, but his stints on the Pamela Anderson show “V.I.P.” are probably more telling of what he may bring to the table. Adam and Seth Gross, who worked on the script with J. F. Lawton, have little previous experience to speak of.
The cast is a glorious compilation of C-list stars. Jaime Pressly (Can’t Hardly Wait, Ringmaster, “My Name is Earl”) has made a career of numerous B-movies, B-shows and B-projects. Sarah Carter’s most well-known credit is probably her role in Final Destination 2. The attractive singer Holly Valance is Australia’s version of a Jessica Simpson
. You may have caught model Devon Aoki in the background in prominent films like Sin City or 2 Fast 2 Furious. Norwegian beauty Natassia Malthe
has appeared in films like Lake Placid, Halloween: Resurrection, and Elektra. Robin Shou starred as the heroic Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat over ten years ago. It seems like he has come full circle and is starting a brand new video game based movie franchise. Finally, Eric Roberts
, an infamous B-movie star, graces DOA with his presence. The Oscar nominee and two-time Golden Globe nominee has all but disappeared from mainstream cinema, but he’s been incredibly busy making B-movies by the truck loads. Does that mean that he is reemerging to make a mainstream appearance in DOA, or is DOA simply another disposable B-movie like many other ones on his list?
The filmmakers are promoting DOA: Dead or Alive as a mix of Charlie’s Angels and Enter the Dragon. I can see how they would say that, but I’m sure the movie will be fortunate to reach the artistic levels of Charlie’s Angels, which is already quite lame to begin with. Truthfully, the producers shouldn’t aspire to make a good film because I don’t think that’s possible. They should focus on making a movie that will be saturated with sex, violence, and comedy – good, (really) dumb late summer entertainment. Since the film is likely to get a PG-13 rating, you can throw hopes of unflinching sex and violence out the window. There will be some skin and beach volleyball to be sure, but will it be worth $10 if you have Cinemax at home. At the very least, seriousness should be avoided at all costs, otherwise DOA will end up more laughable than either Street Fighter or the Mortal Kombat movies – a perfect film to screen for the MST3K gang if that show were still on. Having said that, I don’t think that any video game adaptations have ever spawned good movies, so don’t keep your fingers crossed.In Conclusion:
I don’t believe that there has ever been a video game adaptation that has captured the imagination of either fans or non-fans. Video games in general have become almost an art form all by themselves. People don’t just play them, they fully experience them, loosing all track of time and reality in the process. If anyone ever expects to find the same satisfaction from a movie based on a video game they love, they are deluding themselves. On the other hand, if you want to see how badly Hollywood can mishandle such an adaptation and can take the film’s shortcomings in stride, DOA: Dead or Alive may provide a couple of hours of fun laughing at the screen.Similar Titles: Street Fighter
, Double Dragon
, Charlie’s Angles: Full Throttle