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Dragonball: Evolution

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Plot Summary

Based on one of the most popular Japanese magna series of all time, Dragonball: Evolution follows a young warrior on an epic adventure to discover his destiny...and save the world from the forces of darkness. For his eighteenth birthday, mild-mannered Goku is given a mystical Dragonball, one of only seven in existence, which combine to grant a perfect wish to whoever possesses them. But an ancient warlord named Piccolo has escaped eternal imprisonment and is on his own quest to gather the Dragonballs. Goku must enlist the help of his friends—and the power of his evolving martial arts skills—to defeat Piccolo before it’s too late!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 57
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 49
  • Average Rating: 3.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Fans of the best-selling Dragonball comics (and cartoons, and videogames...) might have a shot at untangling the knotty dream-logic that strangles Dragonball: Evolution's live-action adaptation. – Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The giddy, anything-goes spirit of Japanese manga comics and Hong Kong martial arts flicks animates Dragonball Evolution. Not enough to make it a good movie, mind you, but enough so you won't hate yourself if you sit through it with the kids. – Joel Brown, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A hyperactively messy little adventure fantasy in which movement is everything and meaning means nothing. – Leigh Paatsch, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: There are a few entertaining fight scenes. But there is also uneven CGI, bad dialogue and a host of cliched moments that make Dragonball Evolution just another disappointing matinee movie. – Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Not for anyone (Spoiler)

Okay, this movie is suppose be a live action movie adaption of the popular manga dragonball by Akira Toriyama. Dragonball Evolution focuses on the King Piccolo arc when The Demon King Piccolo escapse his eternal prison and sets out to find the dragonballs in order to restore his youth and take over the world. Also King Piccolo sends his minion, Tambourine, to kill all of the famous martial artists on Earth to prevent anyone from sealing King Piccolo away again. After the latest Budokai Tenkaichi tournament was over, Tambourine kills Kirrilin, Goku's best friend. Goku sets out to defeat Tambourine to avenge Krillins death and soon finds himself having to save the world from King Piccolo. After training for a while, Goku soon confronts King Piccolo and defeats him, but only after King Piccolo spits out an egg with Piccolo Jr inside. Now thats the Manga (original) version of the Dragonball King Piccolo Arc. Dragonball Evolution takes that story and changes the whole thing from top to bottom. Goku is a teenager who cant talk to girls with no tail (Goku was about 7-8 years old in the manga and would say anything he thought of without thinking about the consequences), Grandpa Gohan is still alive and training Goku (he died when Goku was still a kid), Bulma still works for Capsule Corporations (thank god somethings right), Kirrilin is nowhere in the movie version (he's a main character in the manga), and Yamcha is also still a desert thief. You maybe thinking that you can deal with the fact that there are changes in the characters and it will still be awesome, but I'm here to tell you that this movie is poorly written, with poor visual effects, bad acting, 2 minute fight scenes, and ki is now called airbending!? What is this avatar the last airbender!? The movie story is about King Piccolo getting out of his eternal prison and seeking out the dragonballs to restore his eternal youth to take over the world when the next solar eclispe happens. The solar eclipse is around the same time of Goku's 18th birthday, who recieves the 4 star dragonball from Grandpa Gohan. King Piccolo comes to take it but finds only Gohan because Goku is at Chi Chi's party, who Goku likes. When Goku returns, he finds the house is a wreck and Gohan is dead. So, Goku sets out to find a martial artist named Roshi with Bulma (she just joins out of nowhere) and learns about how Piccolo tried to rule Earth 2,000 years ago when there was another solar eclipse(?), with desciple Ozaru. They soon also meet Yamcha who decides to help out-of-the-blue but find out there to late to stop King Piccolo because he now has all of the dragonballs. They Engage in a 2 minute combat, find out Goku is Ozaru when he turns into a ape when there's a eclipse (Goku turns into an ape when there's a full moon not when there's a solar eclipse! Also this transformation part of Goku's Sayain heritage), and Goku does the Kamehameha for first time. Goku and friends win and decide to get the dragonballs for some odd reason. And Goku and Chi Chi spar at the end for some reason(I don't know). All throughout this movie is bad lines, bad acting, bad effects, and bad interpritations of my favorite anime Dragonball. All Fox did was slap Dragonball on the front cover just to make a few bucks. If this was budgeted more then they could of gotten better actors, a better script, and had a new director. This movie is one of the worst movies of all time.

This may be the worst movie ever made

Although I expected it to be bad going into the theater, my expectations of mediocrity were far surpassed by this movie. My friends and I were laughing through the whole thing simply because it completely butchered everything in the Dragonball and Dragonball Z story line. Plus it was so poorly done. First the movie starts with a typical Kung-Fu style background story, which was very cheesy and chrologically wrong. The fight scenes were nothing like that in an episode of Dragonball Z. And then there's a scene were Goku has a fanstasy of Chi Chi randomly eating a strawberry in a field. My friend turned to me and just said, fighting through laughter, "What is the point of that?! She's just randomly eating a strawberry!" I found myself biting my lip the whole time to keep from laughing too loud. If you want laughs at the expense of Dragonball Z, I suggest this movie. I used a dollar pass to see this movie and I still feel like I got ripped off. Twenthieth Century Fox wasted their opprotunity to do something good with the Dragonball series.


This Movie sucked

Dragonball: Evolution
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2009

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