1 hour, 24 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for intense sequences of action/violence and brief mild language.
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
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
| 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
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.