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Dragonball Evolution

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United Kingdom, Mexico, Hong Kong · 2009
1h 25m
Director James Wong
Starring Justin Chatwin, Chow Yun-fat, Joon Park, Jamie Chung
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller

On his 18th birthday, Goku receives a mystical Dragonball as a gift from his grandfather. There are only six others like it in the whole world, and legend has it that whoever possesses all seven will be granted one perfect wish. When the arrival of a dark force triggers a tragedy, Goku and his companions are propelled into an epic quest to collect the seven Dragonballs and save the Earth from destruction.

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TV Guide Magazine by

Just know there's a whole lot more great stuff out there than just what Evolution has in store for you -- namely, the anime that it was based on.


The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

Completely lacking in visual, narrative or stylistic coherence, the film also suffers from cheap-looking visual effects and poorly staged and edited action sequences that will not exactly please the fanboys.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

Bottom line: costumed Goku and Chi Chi cosplayers may argue the finer points of this adaptation, but it is fairly dazzling it its own overextended, futurist-teenpulp fashion, and Chow makes a vastly more entertaining Roshi than he did a King.


The New York Times by Nathan Lee

May or may not appeal to fans of the Japanese fantasy franchise it is based on, but aficionados of apocalyptic teenybopper kung fu extravaganzas are in for a real treat.


The A.V. Club by Tasha Robinson

The film is crammed with treats for old-school "Dragonball" fans, from the inclusion of all these characters (who don't actually do much) to the moment when spiky-haired Goku dons his orange gi. For everyone else, this amounts to another seen-it-before, probably-willing-to-see-it-again distraction.

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