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"DOA: Dead or Alive" *** (out of four): Unapologetically low-brow videogame adaptation about a mysterious martial arts competition and the scantily clad women who attend it. As these movies go, this one kicks butt.

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Ok, so maybe I’m just a guy, but “DOA: Dead or Alive” may very well be the best butt-kicking-bimbos-in-bikinis movie ever made. Based on the popular videogame, “DOA” doesn’t have the style or star power of those disappointing “Charlie’s Angels” movies - and that’s precisely what makes it so much more enjoyable. Without any pretense of post-feminist girl power, “DOA” is a pure martial arts jiggle-fest for the “Maxim” crowd. Any notion that the filmmakers are going for high-brow entertainment is TKO’d during one bravura standoff tracking shot angled through the legs of one of the women. This film knows its genre and its audience.

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