Directed by: Cory Yuen
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Runtime: 86 Minuts
I truly did not expect much from this but it was still a piece of garbage not to be taken seriously. As a whole the film is an excuse to fit in some sex appeal, which really gets annoying and to top that, we have constant stupid action. Being based off the popular video game series (which I have played) this is a video game-to-cinema film that fails miserably at even being slightly entertaining. There are several just plain boring gags with unexplained pointless characters.
So we have a bunch of great fighters around the world who are invited to fight at DOA Island (with invites that shoot out of nowhere in the shape of ninja stars). After meeting all the characters that game players will recognise, fighting begins in DOA. This includes Zack, Christi, Tina, Ayane, Hiyabusa, Kasumi, Tina, and a few others. What is the plot? Well, Christi and Max want to steal money from a vault and the owner of DOA Island is up to no good. Really, there is no major plot going on.
The film’s major flaw is how it begins. The first scene annoyed me the most out of the character introductions because of the pace and it really dived in to action without us knowing pretty much anything. I looked at the Blu-ray player timer and noticed I was 4 minutes in to the film. That was when I knew I was in for a horrible ride. In this scene, we have overly dramatic acting and an attempt to make a serious piece of drama.
If anyone has played “Dead or Alive 4”, on the Xbox360, you will be aware of what it features, being many women and plenty of natural breast jiggling. I hate to say that but it is true. Not to mention the spin off game of DOA Volleyball that features many of the characters in bikinis. This film seems to try to buy its audience by featuring glamorous women, but in reality, despite the beauty of some of the women, the characters and story are flat. Therefore, this film has a beauty-no-brain feeling to it.
Although it is a horrible film, it is not to be taken too seriously. Being based off that source material, you cannot expect full-blown action film that will keep you enthralled. At times the film is comic so although the filmmakers were trying to make this cool (and failed), it is not to be taken very literally with heavy criticism. The action was pretty well choreographed at times but it was just a constant flow of fighting which was annoying.
Still this is no excuse for this flat incomprehensible film. The way it introduces all the characters, despite having a little bit of humour, it seems very pointless. All the characters have their own little personalities (but their actors and actresses are not very good) and certain desires. Therefore, there is no core plot, just a bunch of random fighting sequences. Its flat, it is generic and is packed with far too much fighting action, which makes it barely worth a one-time viewing.
My Rating: 3.5/10