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Dragonball: Evolution is a 2009 American action-adventure science fantasy film directed by James Wong of The X-Files, Space: Above and Beyond, and Final Destination fame. The film is based on the Japanese Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama, and stars Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Chow Yun-fat, Joon Park, and Eriko Tamura.

The movie was met with extremely negative reception from critics, viewers, fans, and even Akira Toriyama himself, who commissioned the production of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F years after this movie’s release. Screenwriter Ben Ramsey has since apologized for the film, saying that "to have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking".


When his grandfather Gohan (Randall Duk Kim) is killed by the vengeful Lord Piccolo (Marsters), Goku (Chatwin), along with Master Roshi (Yun-fat), Bulma (Rossum), and Yamcha (Park), goes on a quest to find the seven Dragon Balls before Piccolo can use them to destroy the world.

Why It Sucks

  1. Poor acting, especially from Justin Chatwin (the future voice actor for Knuckles the Echidna in a Sonic the Hedgehog movie).
  2. Incurrent techniques with terrible fight choreography.
  3. The film doesn't follow the manga and anime’s storyline.
  4. Unacceptably poor grasp of the source material. For example:
    1. In the original manga and anime, Goku is a 12 year old kid who has no idea who a girl is. But in this film, Goku is an angsty 18 year old high school student who already has a crush on Chi-Chi (Chung).
    2. In a scene of the movie, Goku uses the Kamehameha, he randomly starts flying up into King Piccolo for no reason.
    3. Master Roshi using the Kamehameha wave to revive Goku after he gets shot by one of the villains.
  5. Poor special effects.
  6. The CGI and green screen backgrounds look like something it would fit in a PS2 game.
  7. The movie is filled with plot holes abound.
  8. Goku is supposedly a disrespectful team captain that is racist and sings in high school when he is not supposed to.
  9. All of the characters are miscasted and don't even look close to their original counterparts.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good soundtrack.


Here are the reviews of the film!

Dragon Ball Evolution - Movie Review by Chris Stuckmann09:00

Dragon Ball Evolution - Movie Review by Chris Stuckmann

Chris Stuckmann's first review.

Dragonball Evolution - Movie Review Rant by Chris Stuckmann12:18

Dragonball Evolution - Movie Review Rant by Chris Stuckmann

Chris Stuckmann's second review/rant.

Dragonball Evolution - Hilariocity Review26:47

Dragonball Evolution - Hilariocity Review

Chris Stuckmann's third and final review.

Everything Wrong With Dragonball Evolution In Many Many Minutes22:21

Everything Wrong With Dragonball Evolution In Many Many Minutes

Picoro Hablando mal de dragonball evolucion01:31

Picoro Hablando mal de dragonball evolucion.3gp

Carlos Segundo, who voices Piccolo Daimaku and Piccolo in the Latin American Dub, makes a rant about Piccolo in this movie.

Film Renegado - Dragon Ball Evolution (Feat Reviewer Random y Sr36:59

Film Renegado - Dragon Ball Evolution (Feat Reviewer Random y Sr. Alga)

Critica QL Dragonball Evolution15:32

Critica QL Dragonball Evolution

Reaction & Review-UK Dragonball Evolution11:32

Reaction & Review-UK Dragonball Evolution

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