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Running Time:
1 hour, 24 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for intense sequences of action/violence and brief mild language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Making no effort to be original, exciting, amusing or even vaguely plausible, this popcorn action movie may still entertain 10-12 year-old boys.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Goku's Workout Featurette; Deleted Scenes; Brian Anthony "Worked Up!" Music Video; Gag Reel; Fox Movie Channel Presents Making a Scene; Fox Movie Channel presents Life After Film School with Justin Chatwin; Closed Caption

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



Dragonball: Evolution
'Dragonball Evolution' Centuries ago, an alien named Piccolo (James Marsters "P.S. I Love You") came to Earth to destroy it, aided by the demon Oozaru (Ian Whyte "AVP Alien vs. Predator"). They were defeated, with Piccolo trapped in an urn. Many years later, Piccolo has somehow gotten free and is searching for the seven mystical Dragonballs: orbs that, when put together, will grant unlimited power to whoever acquires them. The young teenaged Goku (Justin Chatwin "The Invisible") gets one of the Dragonballs on his eighteenth birthday, as a gift, and, discovering what Piccolo is up to, he sets off to find the 6 other orbs, aided by a motley group of companions he assembles along the way.

The story veers all over the place getting even more ridiculous as it continues, with vehicles transforming out of necessity and characters changing costumes just to appear in something faithful to prior incarnations. Perhaps it's because the movie follows the advice that was given to Goku - the first rule is there are no rules, so donít expect the movieís plot to follow any.

For all of its shortcomings, Dragonball Evolution, directed by James Wong ("Final Destination") is entertaining enough and fans of the 1996 TV Series will probably enjoy this live action take on the saga theyíve followed for so many years, although I wonder if
this light dose of popcorn action isnít a few years late to capitalize on that audience. For those foreign to the series Dragonball Evolution makes little effort to be original, exciting, amusing or even vaguely plausible, although it may still entertain 10-12 year-old boys. 
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