Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Review - Dead Or Alive

Dead or Alive or DOA for short is a movie based on a video game series, i know, i can read your mind right now, so It features a selection of tough and sassy ass kicking girls. Dead or Alive is actually the name of a fighting tournament and all the contestants are hand picked and flown to the tropical island destination, here they must parachute out of the plane and get to the arena by sundown or face disqualification. The Tournament is an elimination system so we get to see the various fighters maching up against each other in no holds barred full contact contests cleverly done so you never actually see any blood or severed limbs.

Lets take a look at the cast in Dead or Alive, taking the lead is Holly Vallance as Christie Allen, shes a theif and we first get introduced as she is on a job, just about to get caught by the police. Next up is Devon Aoki who plays Princess Kasumi, her brother entered the DOA tournament in a previous year but never returned, she is searching to find him. And Finally the trio of girls is completed by Jaime Pressly asTina Armstrong a tough pro wrestler who wants fighting credibility. The Trio look great and in particular Pressly is in amazing shape and throws those kicks like she knows what shes doing. Leading up the rest of the cast we have brit actor Matthew Marsden as Christie Allen's squeeze Maximillian Marsh, we also have Eric Roberts playing Donovan the tournaments organiser.

Dead or Alive has a lively pace about it, for the most part its a decent looking movie sure the colours are oversaturated, everything is larger than life and its fairly cheesy in parts. So Entertaining, Mindless and a Guilty pleasure it definately is. The cast do exactly whats expected, the fight scenes are nicely done with a lot of artistic flair and it never tries to be something its not. With a running time of 87 minutes its a short sharp jab to the senses, and Its just a lot of fun to watch, i really enjoyed it, shhhh dont tell anyone.

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