DOA: Dead or Alive

2006 "They're the ultimate fighters. They've got the looks. They've got the moves, and the men fall at their feet."
4.8| 1h27m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 23 August 2006 Released
Producted By: Impact Pictures
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Four beautiful rivals at an invitation-only martial-arts tournament join forces against a sinister threat. Princess Kasumi is an aristocratic warrior trained by martial-arts masters. Tina Armstrong is a wrestling superstar. Helena Douglas is an athlete with a tragic past. Christie Allen earns her keep as a thief and an assassin-for-hire.

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VeteranLight I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
ThedevilChoose When a movie has you begging for it to end not even half way through it's pure crap. We've all seen this movie and this characters millions of times, nothing new in it. Don't waste your time.
Adeel Hail Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
Fleur Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
torstensonjohn Before we as an audience had the film "The Condemned" we have this little nugget. A fight style tournament, experts in their fighting styles get picked randomly, fly to an island and have to parachute out of a plane to find it. These fights are not to the death rather but loser goes home prize is 10 million dollars. Now the acting is pretty flat, there is 2 subplots mixed in while the fights are picked. For men the "horn dog" side will be satisfied as the women are scantly clad in much of it. The savior of this fil is the cinematography and choreography with the fights and martial arts. Jaime Pressley is actually funny and wildly good with her stunts in this. Devon Aoki, wow, exceptional skill set and reminds me much of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon style. Holly Valance was amazing in her role as fighter and thief. I was a little dismayed at Eric Roberts performance as the antagonist not his better moments and his fighting was god awful. I rather enjoyed this film though and if your a fan of martial arts and some comedy watch it. I went 7/10 here
Sancy Jeg In this story the best fighters of the world are invited to a competition known as DOA: DEAD OR ALIVE. The last one who wins will be awarded as 'The Best Fighter' in the world and awarded with ten million dollars. This movie is interesting action movie. I suggest that everyone should go for it. Don't miss this amazing.
bowmanblue That's because it's possibly the worst film ever made. I implore you never to waste your time watching this garbage. I would certainly never watch it multiple times over the years, let alone own it on DVD. Honest.I thought I'd review 'DOA: Dead or Alive' on (about) my fourth viewing. I felt such a work of art requires numerous screenings to truly understand such a complex structure and narrative. Okay, I'm joking – this is simply a guilty pleasure film of mine. I've never played the computer game that it's based on, but, from my experience, pretty much no film based on a computer game has ever been hailed as a masterpiece. This one is no different. The dialogue is extremely clunky. Every line for about the first half hour is designed to inform us of each character's relationship and (slim) motivations for doing whatever the hell they're going to do.Talking of characters, they're about as two dimensional as the pixelated sprites that they're based on. Don't expect any great development in this story. Ah, yes, the story. Well, if you don't know 'Dead or Alive' is based on a 'one-on-one' fighting games, so there's not much story to talk of. The film is basically the same – a trio of ridiculously brilliant fighting women gets invited to a tournament called 'Dead or Alive' (where no one actually dies – if you're looking for a computer game to film where they die – try (the first) 'Mortal Kombat' film!). It just so happens that our three central protagonists are also extremely attractive, therefore we're supposed to root for them. And, whereas their dodgy dialogue can be excused due to their physical appearance, Eric Roberts' performance is not afforded the same luxury – for he's the evil mastermind in charge of setting up the tournament and intends on stealing the three girls' powers for his own. He's about as threatening as the green silk lounge suit he wears through this film.What follows is a series of fights, nicely choreographed, but also completely unrealistic, involving our annoying attractive heroines. Um, and that's about it. If you're a teenage boy you'll probably love this and long for the day that your girlfriend will be just like the girls on film. Alternatively, if you're someone like me who also likes it and won't admit to liking a film as bad as this, you'll also love it (and just not tell anyone).It is bad. There's no mistaking how bad it is, but it also has an audience of faceless guys who will make sure that it gets repeated viewing – and it's not because their X-boxes are broken and they need their fix of a fighting game.
SnoopyStyle Various fighters are invited to a martial arts fighting tournament for $10 million. The tournament is run by Dr. Victor Donovan (Eric Roberts). Four of the contestants include princess Kasumi (Devon Aoki), wrestler Tina Armstrong (Jaime Pressly), thief/assassin Christie Allen (Holly Valance), and Helena Douglas (Sarah Carter). They would find the tournament's terrible reason for being.This doesn't hide its video game roots. It's concentrating mostly on the girls. It's definitely going for the young male audience. It's a lot of hot girls with limited clothing doing jiggle-fighting. The story, such as it is, is a bit thin. There is the main mystery of what happened to Kasumi's brother in a previous tournament. As for the action, the fighting is rather quick paced and energy driven. The best standout actor is the compelling Jaime Pressly who gives some much needed comedy to the movie. This is not a good movie by any means, but this is relatively entertaining for a movie based on a video game.