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Based on one of the most popular Japanese manga series of all time, Dragonball: Evolution follows a young warrior on an epic adventure to discover his destiny...and save the world from the forces of darkness. For his eighteenth birthday, mild-mannered Goku is given a mystical Dragonball, one of only seven in existence, which combine to grant a perfect wish to whoever possesses them. But an ancient warlord named Piccolo has escaped eternal imprisonment and is on his own quest to gather the Dragonballs. Goku must enlist the help of his friends - and the power of his evolving martial arts skills - to defeat Piccolo before it's too late! Packed with spectacular visual effects, high-flying action, and over an hour of hard-hitting extras, Dragonball: Evolution Z-Edition brings the legend to life like never before!
Co-produced by Hong Kong legend Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle), Dragonball Evolution is an agreeable if low-wattage live action adaptation of the iconic manga and anime series Dragon Ball. Director James Wong fuses the series’ fantasy-based characters and devices with a somewhat lackluster storyline involving average teen Goku (Justin Chatwin), who breaks from his wholesale pining for classmate Chi-Chi (Jamie Chung) to that he’s at the center of an intergalactic search for the all-powerful Dragonballs by evil warlord Piccolo (Buffy’s James Marsters). With the help of master Roshi (Chow Yun-Fat, who backburners his stoic screen image in favor of some God of Gamblers/Once a Thief-level hamminess), Goku develops his fighting skills to take on Piccolo and save the Earth. The film’s abundance of martial arts should please younger and less discerning viewers, but its hackneyed dialogue and sluggish pace (especially in the fight scenes, which stutter where they should flow) may disappoint longtime fans of the book and television adaptations. The CGI effects, which labor mightily to reproduce the source material’s eye-popping look, also fall short, though the cast is game, especially Marsters and Chow. -- Paul Gaita
Stills from Dragonball: Evolution (Click for larger image)
Chow Yun Fat has fallen hard to be in this P.O.S., but then again, a movie about a yellow-haired space-baby (Justin Chatwin) who is racing to against a mutant with a green face... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shawn Hudson
WORST MOVIE EVER! I don't think the director or writer even ever watched a dragonball or dragonball z episode. Characters were nothing like personalities in the original show. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ValKerPalKer
There really aren't words strong enough to describe the depths of my hatred for this film.
The only reason I rented it was to tear it apart with my best friend for a bad... Read more
It is just a guilty pleasure movie with Justin Chatwin and Emmy Rossum together before Shameless.Published 2 months ago by Diane Bortle
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|how many people hated dragon ball evolution||
I downloaded and watched it with my fellow DBZ girlfriends instead of going to the movies cause we knew it was going to be bad, of course it was lower than my lowest expectation.
I literally cried when it was over (which made me feel stupid). Had to watch a few of the early original Dragonball... Read More
Nov 9, 2012 by erin | See all 2 posts
|Never let someone who doesn't know jack about your series direct a movie...||
I think Dragonball was too wacky a series to be a successful live action adaptation. I agree that having a fan or the original creator direct the film would be a better course of action than Hollywood hacks with more money than sense!
Adaptation is a rather tricky undertaking even the best of... Read More
Jun 4, 2010 by Harmonybee | See all 3 posts
I heard that rumor in 2009 but nothing since then. I hope its true, though, because a good Dragonball movie would be an action feast!
Mar 14, 2011 by Daniel Armour | See all 7 posts
|Is there gonna be a 2-disc version of this movie?||
I do not know either. But I would not care if they add more footage, because in my personal opinion, adding more of the same garbage will just make it stink more.
May 27, 2009 by Victor | See all 4 posts
|If Dragonball Evolution Went Out Of Print For Good||
If they would have stopped cutting the budget for this film, it would've been longer, and the special effects way better.
To be honest if people loved "Thor" so much with the plot being so different (not in someone else's body, not mean, etc.) then "Evolution" deserved and... Read More
May 16, 2013 by PlanetHell | See all 3 posts