Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Dragon Ball Z Movie 9: Bojack Unbound

Genre: Action / Fantasy
Parental Guidance Recommended
Akira Toriyama, Toei Animation, Fuji TV

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Cover Description:
The infamous millionaire X.S. Cash is funding the most amazing martial arts tournament the Universe has ever seen! The four tournament finalists must do battle with warriors representing the four corners of the galaxy in a decisive battle to see who gains the right to challenge The Champ for the ultimate championship!

But a ragged band of criminals have a scheme of their own: take over the tournament and conquer the Universe in the process! Their leader is the incredibly powerful Bojack, an evil menace who has broken free of his stellar confines!

With Goku incapable of helping eradicate the planet's latest threat and Earth's greatest heroes falling one by one, the young Gohan must look deep within himself to find the power to destroy the wicked invaders. Can Gohan summon enough strength to deliver the finishing blow.

Insta-villain. >>> by Darth Paul (11.13.2001)

In a nutshell, the storyline was too simplistic. I was very disappointed especially of the fact that this movie followed Broli's, a step down to say the least. The-ultimate-evil-has-been-released-and-is-coming-to-Earth bit has been worn out since the sixties, when giant spiders and killer green men still ran amok upon obviously cardboard buildings and poor acting extras waited in designated areas to be crushed instead of just running away like what any real life, rational thinking human being would do.

In any case, I guess Bojack had too much of his work cut out for him just filling up Broli's shoes. It was something like, "Oh, an Evil dude appeared. I guess I should beat him up." The least they could have done was allot a 10-minute segment on villain backgrounds. I swear I'm a DBZ fan but I'm also not a liar so I have to call it the way I see it.

Adept: One of the few parts that I liked about this movie was the round between Tenshinhan and Trunks; one of the originals against the young blood. You'd think it was one-sided but it actually came out good.

Inept: Well I think my feelings about this movie are pretty clear. I didn't like the fact that they did an insta-villain (just add hot water to destroy the world!). Pathetic attempt to sugarcoat the bland story line with good action sequences (although they were impressive. Well after all, this is DBZ) and excellent art.

Individual Rating: Art: 9; Story: 6; Characters: 7; Sounds: 6

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