Mittwoch, Juli 26, 2006

Review: Dead or Alive

Zusammen mit sechs anderen Pressevertretern durfte ich bei Constantin Film einen so gut wie fertiggestellten Workprint von "Dead or Alive" begutachten, der Ende August in die Kinos kommt. Videospielverfilmungen sind ja zurzeit schwer in Mode. Dabei hält sich die eine mehr und die andere weniger an das Vorbild. "Dead or Alive" baut im Gegensatz zu Filmen wie "Doom", "BloodRayne" oder "Alone in the Dark" eine relativ große Nähe zur Handlung der Spielereihe auf. Das ist allerdings angesichts der haarsträubenden Geschichte um ein Martial-Arts-Turnier, das die Firma DOATEC veranstaltet, um durch Analyse der Kämpfer und Übertragung der gesammelten Daten in eine Hightech-Sonnenbrille (!!!) den perfekten Fighter zu erschaffen, gleichzeitig Stärke und großer Schwachpunkte des Films. Zwar werden die Charaktere nicht alle mit der größten Werktreue auf die Leinwand gebracht, was vor allem die übertriebenen Oberweiten der weiblichen Figuren und den sehr enttäuschenden Ryu Hayabusa betrifft, doch die Motivationen der einzelnen Fighter, am Turnier teilzunehmen, entsprechen weitgehend der Vorlage. Wie sehr "Dead or Alive" seinem Spiele-Vorbild verbunden ist, zeigen viele kleine Gags. So können die Kämpfer etwa jeden Kampf auf Monitoren verfolgen, wobei für jeden Kontrahenten ein Energiebalken eingeblendet wird - ganz wie im Spiel. Außerdem werden die Fights vom obligatorischen "Get Ready ... Fight!" eingeläutet und mit "xxx wins!" beendet. Hat mir sehr gut gefallen.


Der Film konzentriert sich vorwiegend auf die weiblichen Charaktere Kasumi (dank Pfannkuchengesicht Devon Aoki etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig), Tina (Jaime Pressly) und Christie(verkörpert von der Sängerin Holly Valance), die gegen Ende noch von der lila-haarigen Ayane Verstärkung bekommen. Die Mädels zeigen nicht nur in schön choreographierten Fights ihre Vorzüge (wobei immer wieder durchschimmert, dass sie über so gut wie keine Kampfsport-Erfahrung verfügen, aber das ist zu verschmerzen), sondern dürfen sogar knapp bekleidet beim DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball ran. Stellenweise erinnert die übertriebene Inszenierung der Action etwas an "Drei Engel für Charlie" (Gott sei dank ohne Drew Barrymore). Ich fand's sehr unterhaltsam, während der Rest der versammelten Journalisten augenscheinlich nicht sonderlich viel damit anzufangen wusste. Regisseur Corey Yuen ("Ninja in the Dragon's Den") konzentriert sich außerhalb der Kämpfe weitgehend darauf, die Kurven seiner weiblichen Stars ins rechte Licht zu rücken und nimmt sich und den Film zu keiner Zeit wirklich ernst.


Irgendwas war da noch ... ach ja ... die Story! Kurzer Abriss: Ninja-Prinzessin Kasumi entflieht ihrem behüteten Dasein als Oberhaupt eines Ninja-Clans und macht sich auf die Suche nach ihrem Bruder Hayate, der vor einem Jahr bei DoA-Turnier verschwunden ist, das auf einer einsamen Insel stattfindet. Dort trifft sie auf weitere Kämpfer und Kämpferinnen, mit denen sie gemeinsam versucht, hinter die Machenschaften des Turnierleiters Donovan (Eric Roberts) zu kommen. Öh ... und das war's! Aber wichtig ist die Geschichte ja sowieso nicht. Hier geht's nur um Spaß und schöne Bilder. Wer sein Gehirn an der Kinokasse abgibt und sich auf den trashigen Charakter des Films einlässt, wird 90 äußerst unterhaltsame Minuten erleben, die lediglich durch ein enttäuschendes, weil viel zu ernst geratenes Finale geschmälert werden.
Die Produzenten Paul Anderson und Jeremy Bolt haben übrigens schon Fortsetzungen angekündigt.

Fazit: Beschwingter Trash-Knaller mit schönen Kämpfen, schönen Frauen und hirnrissiger Story. Perfekt für den ermäßigten Kinotag.

Wertung: gut gelaunte 4 von 5 für den Unterhaltungsfaktor

Kommentare:

  1. Arthur Spooner11:01 nachm.

    So hab ich mir den Film auch vorgestellt, werde ich sichermal auf DVD ansehen.

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  2. King Kong3:12 nachm.

    Armselig, noch eine grottige Spielumsetzung.
    Parodieren sie sich eigentlich selber oder, na ja wie auch immer, 4 von 5? Silikontitten oder was? Die Wertung ist wie immer SEHR Merkwürdig, und was für sie Unterhaltung ist, wüsste ich gerne.

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  3. Werd wohl dann, wie athur, die DVD kaufn. Da ich nur noch bei Meisterwerken wie Episode III (das lachen hab ich gehört!) ins Kino gehe.

    Aber schade, das man die Brüste am PC nicht nochwas vergrößert hat;-)

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  4. Genau was ich erwartet habe.
    Ein netter Popcorn Streifen für einen Bierseligen Männerabend ^^

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  5. und 5 von 5 Punkte für die Ansehlichkeit der Darstellerinnen *g*

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  6. Naja, da bin ich mal noch sehr skeptisch. Einen Kinobesuch werde ich wohl nicht wagen, aber mein DVD-Player kennt keinen Schmerz! :)

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