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Dragonball Evolution

May 20, 2010

Director: James Wong 
Writers: James Wong/Ben Ramsey  
Based on the Manga by: Akira Toriyama 
Producers: Stephen Chow/James Wong 
Starring: Justin Chatwin/James Marsters/Jamie Chung/Emmy Possum/Joon Park 
Year: 2009
Country: US 
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 100 minutes

The live action adventure centres on a team of warriors, each of whom possesses special abilities. Together, they protect Earth from a force bent on dominating the Universe and controlling the mystical objects from which the film takes its name.


This is a monstrosity from start to finish. The story wasn’t really entertaining at all, the acting made me cringe, the characters were uninteresting and boring and the action sequences were dull. Yeah there were one or two action scenes that kept your attention a little bit but everything about this movie just makes you want to try every method possible in trying to erase it from your memory. The writing is beyond terrible and the direction was just poor. If you have trouble sleeping, turn this on and you’ll fall asleep within the first five minutes of the movie.

As a movie reviewer, I have to be honest with you and with myself. I’m a fan of the television series and I liked watching the shows and when I heard that this was going to be released, I had mixed views. As much as I really wanted to like this movie, I knew that it wouldn’t really be very good. I thought that it would be average or below average but I cleared my mind of those doubts before watching this movie and after watching the movie, I realised I was right.  Dragonball Evolution fails on almost everything on so many levels and is truly a disappointment. The characters were just awful and the one thing that bugged me the most about this movie was Picollo because his make-up was awful, he looked really out of place in the movie. I’m actually quite surprised that Stephen Chow has made some great movies such as the unforgettable and funny Kung Fu Hustle and then takes part with this tripe. From cheesy dialogue and dire acting to bad special effects and dull action sequences, Dragonball Evolution may entertain the children and young teenagers and possibly fans of the show but if you’re looking for a great action movie, give this a miss. 

I didn’t like the movie at all. Everything about it was just awful and I definitely won’t pick this up again.

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