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Dragon Ball Evolution (Dragonball)

Released on 31 August 2009

Featuring: Justin Chatwin, Yun-Fat Chow & Emmy Rossum

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Adapted from the manga created by Akira Toriyama, Dragonball tells the story of a young boy named Goku - played by Justin Chatwin. Upon his grandfather's dying request Goku seeks out to find the great Master Roshi (Chow Yun-Fat) and gather all seven Dragon Balls (of which he has one) in order to prevent Piccolo (James Marsters) from succeeding in his desire to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world.

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 This doesn't deserve your money

| | See all Gogeta's reviews (2)

It's unfortunate that the rating system doesn't allow for a "0 star" choice because quite frankly that's what this deserves. The fact that this film is so awful is a true testament to Hollywood's belief that fans don't matter when it comes to adapting an anime/manga/comic/game for the big screen. What they forget is that these are the people who will not only want to watch their beloved adapted medium several times over, but they are also the ones who spread word of mouth about how good/bad the film is. This is where Fox failed.

Imagine, if you will, if Spiderman had been changed from a gawky teenager infected by a genetically modified spider, to a middle aged man wearing an eight-legged spider suit swinging around New York City with a grapple gun. Doesn't sound good does it? So why then did Fox think that changing Goku from an innocent, care-free, child living alone in the mountains because years ago his adoptive grandfather was killed when Goku transformed into a giant ape and squashed him causing him to grow up knowing nothing about the outside world until Bulma came along and he kept trying to touch her you-know-whats because he'd never seen a girl before, to an awkward teenage douchebag with a smart mouth, emo hair-do, normal adolescent yearnings, and a wimpishness never before seen in a character who was renowned for his courageous never-give-up attitude and determination to win? It boggles the mind.

In conclusion, those out there who call themselves "big fans" or "true fan" or "hardcore fans", and give this movie 4 or more stars, are none of the aforementioned titles. They are people who say, "I used to watch the show when I was younger", which only serves to show that a)when they went to see this film they had forgotten all about what actually happened in the story, b)they think that DragonBall GT was an amazing series, and c)don't know who the characters are when they see a picture of them. A true fan knows the whole story, true fans know that GT was a load of rubbish, and true fans wouldn't be caught dead giving their approval to the most appalling film adaptation since Mortal Kombat.

 Hear me out....

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As a hardcore db/z/gt fan, i went to the cinema with such low expectations. My friends went with high ones and in the end, i loved it. I thought as far as an adaptation of a manga goes, this comes quite high in being the best. As a core fan of the dragonball franchise, i did have to fault a couple of little things but nothing too major. I I personally think you should just give it a chance and judge for yourself. A review is just one persons opinion and should be judged by yourself. I personally enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone dragonball fan or not.

 This was the worst film of 2009, don't let it ruin 2010

| | See all KaitosNightmare's reviews (2)

Do yourself a favour and buy a dragonball game instead there are way to many things wrong with this film the first and primary flaw being who they cast as goku, yamcha, roshi and bulma. the seccond being the story arc it's set wrongly and the thirdly the director totaly ignored the source material and produced a worse film than an internet parody and with the ammount of time and money that was wasted on this film just drives me up the wall I'm sorry but the director isn't a fan and it's enough to make me go super saiyan 4 after what he did to this film. and my fourth and final point is where is krilin, puar and oulong they were in that arc originaly why did the director feel it nescessary to cut out those characters out I wanted to see those characters in live action although after what they did with bulma and yamcha I'm kinda glad they didn't make live action versions of them. Piccolo is this films only saving grace he makes the film ok at best hence the one star rating.

 Not just for fans...

| | See all CptRichy's reviews (1)

There has been mixed reviews about this film, as said before its mostly hardcore fans who whine 'its not key to the original'. Well of course not, its an adaption. I would have loved for them to copy Dragonball like for like on every key point the anime had, but there is no way you could squeeze all that into one film, and why would you? Most comic book or anime films have to be adapted. From a producers point of view you wouldnt go for just one sector of the market (the fans), you would branch out to as many people as possible. So some stuff was changed yes, hence why its called Dragonball EVOLUTION.
Remember the first film in a franchise like this is always about introducing the characters, seeing the bond between grandpa gohan and goku, a small portion of his training (which fans know only get smore intense!) Love blossoming between characters, Powers growing, Enemies hatred, it all adds to the buildup to later on in the show. So if the film didnt make its profit quota, by appealing to all parts of the market as apposed to just one, there wouldnt be any sequels and you wouldnt appreciate the whole saga of Gokus journey

 A reinturpretation of an excellent animie.

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Firstly you will hear from many people that this film does not do the DBZ franchise any justice and is not true to the story, this may well be true as it seemed to me to be based more upon the DB side and not the DBZ side. Yes they did cut alot of things, however when the animie had 153 episodes and each of those was 20 minutes long its kind of expected that things would be missing. However the film overall was impressive, the story was fairly true to the series, though did skip some pretty key points. It was well acted, well written (though could have been a tad longer), and did to some extent - even if it were in a through away line, mention some of the more important aspects of the series that it didnt have time to fully cover. The fight scenes were well corriographed though again short.
Most importantly however the film kept most of the Dragonball hunour and light heartedness whilst producing a truely enjoyable film.

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ActorsJustin Chatwin, Yun-Fat Chow, Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung, James Masters, Joon Park, Eriko Tamura, Randall Duk Kim, Ernie Hudson, Texas Battle, Megumi Seki, Ian Whyte & Richard Blake
DirectorJames Wong
CertificatePG
Year2009
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.