Dragonball: Evolution

Theatrical Release: April 10, 2009
DVD Release: July 28, 2009
Dragonball: Evolution


“Dragonball is adapted from the manga created by Akira Toriyama; the work was also turned into a Japanese anime series that played all over the world. It tells the story of an alien sent to destroy Earth, who has a change of heart and decides to join the humans in their fight against various aliens and bad guys. Justin Chatwin is starring as the hero Goku, while James Marsters will play the villain Piccolo in the sci-fi adventure.

Dove Review

This film features some important virtues as it focuses on faith, growing in maturity, and the battle between good and evil. The good and bad guys are easy to distinguish in the movie. There is plenty of action to watch on-screen as well. For the fans of martial arts fighting, there is plenty of it. The dialog is a bit lacking in various scenes. In one scene one character says, “Everything happens for a reason. I got that from watching daytime TV.” Shakespeare it isn’t.

One of the film’s strengths, it’s action-packed martial arts, is also something we need to note. For those who do not care for a lot of martial arts or the supernatural mystic elements in the fights, this film may not be for you. There are a couple of scenes which includes characters starting a flame on a candle with mystic martial arts abilities. They also leap high and use “energy” strikes, and they fight in the midst of flames as well. However, it is nice to see a film which had rather tame language compared to so many new releases in the recent past.

While the mystic elements are present, they do not cross over our line of acceptability. We are therefore happy to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this picture. It was nice to see life after death treated with respect in this film, although the movie falls short of explaining anything about faith in God, choosing rather to concentrate on overcoming in life by believing in one’s self and abilities. This film shows good triumphing in the end and that is always nice to see on the big screen.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a couple in a few scenes; a man touches woman's hip as he mounts motorcycle-type vehicle and she quickly tells him to stop.
Language: H-2; D-1; G/OMG-1; Butt-1; Cr*p-1; Idiot-1; Su*ks-1; A-1
Violence: Several martial arts fights with hardly any blood; a character chases another character with a stick; a character smashes his hand through the glass in a car door; fights and punches; characters fight in flames; a man's house collapses; evil creatures are thrown into lava; a large dragon is seen; some high schoolers pick on a certain young man.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Mysticism and supernatural forces in martial arts fighting; comments about enchantments; a comment about "farts"; some chanting in a temple lit with candles; a character is brought back to life when another character is given a wish.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Ben Ramsey and Akira Toriyama
Director: James Wong
Producer: Stephen Chow
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 84 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter