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Co-produced by Hong Kong legend Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle),Dragonball Evolutionis an agreeable if low-wattage live action adaptation of the iconic manga and anime seriesDragon 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 someGod 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

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CastJusti Chatwin
DVD Release Date:  July 28, 2009
Runtime:  85 minutes
Studio:  Twentieth Century Fox
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Quick Tip by . May 21, 2012
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A 2009 movie?! Boy, that's surprising! I watched it on TV and definitely wouldn't have paid for it in the movie! It feels like watching Star Trek on TV! Enjoyable but don't go paying big bucks for such movies, even if it's Chow Yun Fat is acting!!! A waste of money & resources especially when so many are unemployed these days!
review by . December 30, 2010
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3 STARS IF YOU TURN YOUR BRAIN OF
      DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION      I have always been a fan of the Manga series Dragonball by Akira Toriyama and each series afterwards like Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT. I liked the written formats and the animes as well so I was excited when this live action film was announced. I was let down a bit when the trailer was released but I never judge without seeing something first. I missed the theatrical release because of reasons unknown to myself, as I did …
Quick Tip by . December 30, 2010
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Now to be honest with you this film is kinda entertaining if you watch it with absolutely no expectations what so ever. For any one whom as know clue about the source material for this or any thing related to it I a pretty sure you would enjoy this.
review by . August 01, 2010
The Dragonball Evolution story comes from an Asian comic book series. I have never read this comic book, but was recommended to watch this movie by fans of the serial. And so I did, and I was horribly disappointed. The entire story is quite original to those who have no background in Asian comic book stories, and I won't go into the details here, but everything else was horrible. First of, why is the main character a white man when the setting is in Asia, and the main character's father is Oriental? …
review by . July 10, 2009
The Dragon ball name is something that holds a special place in the hearts of many fans, some die hard and some casual. Those hearts were undoubtedly broken when the announcement of an American made live action adaptation of the anime series was to be made. Whether you enjoy this movie really depends on the context of which you watch it. If you watch it and are a fan of the anime and expect it to match what you would see as the greatness of the anime and comics, then you will be disappointed. If …
review by . April 24, 2009
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There's surprisingly little evolving going on in "Dragonball: Evolution." If anything, it de-evolves, taking an archetypal hero's journey and stripping it down past the bare minimum. So many details are either quickly alluded to or altogether overlooked, which essentially leaves us with a fairly bland action adventure story that throws in a little self-discovery for good measure. Based on the "Dragon Ball" graphic novels written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama, "Dragonball: Evolution" is an airy, …
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