Dragonball Evolution

  • PG
  • James Wong (2009)
  • US
  • 80 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
1 out of 5

It's hard to see why Akira Toriyama's manga franchise ever became such a multi-media phenomenon from director James Wong's bland, simplistic and condensed-to-basics live-action version. A band of young warriors led by geeky teen Goku (Justin Chatwin, in an epic piece of miscasting) try to bring together seven powerful dragonballs to stop evil Lord Piccolo (James Marsters) destroying earth. From The Karate Kid and Star Wars to Superman via Bruce Lee, there's nothing here that hasn't been seen countless times before. Trying to re-create the anime cartoon look with real actors just doesn't work: the resulting bad wigs, unconvincing make-up, cheesy dialogue ("The first rule is there are no rules") and cheap special effects all underline the film's two-dimensional origins. Young boys might buy the colourful action, the faux-Jedi mysticism and Chow Yun-Fat's inane wackiness as Goku's guru, but for anyone else it's a waste of time.

Plot Summary

Fantasy action adventure starring Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum and Chow Yun-Fat. A band of warriors must stop seven powerful dragonballs falling into the hands of an evil force.

Cast and crew

Cast

Goku
Justin Chatwin
Bulma
Emmy Rossum
Master Roshi
Chow Yun-Fat
Chi Chi
Jamie Chung
Lord Piccolo
James Marsters
Yamcha
Joon Park
Mai
Eriko
Gohan
Randall Duk Kim
Sifu Norris
Ernie Hudson

Crew

Director
James Wong

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 3 Apr 2009
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama