Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (1994)
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The story is that a former rival of Hercule wants revenge for ruining his dream of Martial Arts. His plan includes resurrecting the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly as a biotechnology monster. So, Trunks, Goten, Krillin, 18, and even Hercule team up to fight this monster.
Won't you just be excited to see Hercule fighting, great start, right? Wrong!
Where do I begin? First off, its short, so there's so much limit inside that you never feel excited. It takes place in one single location, and the fight scene is pathetically short and stupid. Just the whole idea and premise is pointless. They could have easily concluded the Broly series with the second, a perfect ending. But no, they had to include Broly like a monster, and they also had to include Hercule. Are you joking me? Its like that's the one reason for making a third one, to include Hercule, and Hercule sucks!!!
The one somewhat decent thing about it is that it includes Android 18, who is insanely hot! I forgot how hot she was, so when I saw her, I was like, yeah baby, do your thing.
Other than that, this movie is not worth it. Curiosity killed the cat, well, curiosity killed my ass!
Pros: Goten and Trunks actually fight without their parents help for once That's all I got...
Cons: Terrible Plot Mediocre fight scenes Broly is a blob... what... lame AWFUL ending, horribly lame
Worst Dragon Ball animated movie YET. That said, the others were all pretty decent. I'm a fan of the big power ups and the struggle to survive. I also like to see the "bad guys" go out with a big bang.
Having Broly come back as a mishmash between a Saiyan and robot was a good idea. Not exactly novel, but it was different from the concept of Androids, which I thought was somewhat original. Regardless, when Broly rose again, we were greeted with the same angry Saiyan, albeit with a different face. The fight scenes that ensued were unlike any other I had come to expect from Dragon Ball. Sure, there were Ki-blasts and explosions, but it seemed very contained within the environment it was set in. It also felt a bit less 'epic' than the other fights we had seen with Broly. Perhaps it may just be that the bio-form of Broly was weaker, I don't know. I still enjoyed it for its different format, but I would have appreciated something a bit bigger given Broly's power.
I feel this movie has been underrated as a Dragon Ball movie. Just because it did not follow the typical formulation of the series, it doesn't make it bad. I enjoyed the different setup and fight scenes. The only reason why I deducted a few points was because this movie had a bit more potential that I felt it did not tap into.
Okay, Goku does technically appear in this movie, but it's in the last few minutes with even less screen time than the last time! It even ends with him saying he's going off to fight Broly. Why couldn't they have made the whole movie about that? It would have made more sense that way. Vegeta isn't here at all again or Piccolo or Gohan. I guess they were trying to give the spotlight to the other characters, but it just doesn't work. For the longest time, people thought this was the worst "Dragonball" movie period. Boy, were we wrong with "Dragonball: Evolution". **
the score is nothing special, you'll probably want to stick to the Japanese music in glorious 5.1 audio. Along with all the former problems , the climax is pretty lackluster in my opinion and it all comes together as a pretty dismal installment.
My main beef is Broly himself. While it was good he came back, he is only in his iconic form for a few seconds until he fuses himself with some dangerous fluid that deforms him into Bio-Broly, which reduces the villain to a mindless zombie. And Mr. Satan is more of a big baby in this while Goten and Trunks take center stage, the only good thing being they show they can fight without the aid of their fathers. The plot is uninteresting and feels more like a cheaply-made cash grab over the Broly character. Thank goodness the Broly movie for Dragon Ball Super gave us a canon Broly that is better than the bio-engineered abomination this one cooks up.
Bio Broly dares to be original and different from its predecessors and is one of the funniest and most entertaining of the DBZ movies. Broly was never good or interesting in the first place, so here he could be anyone. It doesn't really matter as he is satisfactory for the film's purpose. Most importantly, Bio Broly is believable for DBZ standards. He was created by messing with science and dies in the deadly acid from whence he came, not from clichéd laser attacks, but by the brains of our heroes. Check it out. Not quite as good as some of the other movies but original enough to surpass its crappy prequels.
A rich egotistical "villain," an island fortress getaway a la Bond complete with army of mad scientists and bio-henchmen, a refreshingly mute Broli who for once doesn't pout on about crying Kakarot (WTF was ever up with that? Way to kill off the "Legendary Super Saiyan's" potential as anything but annoying, IMO), a killer absorbing Blob, unique cast of "heroes" who rarely if ever get to shine, a Battle Royale, human greed, extortion (of sorts, 18's repeated upping of price), and original finish to a film's villain (i.e., no ki beams or willfully spontaneous bursts of super-power here.) For me, each of these factors in to what I find to be the most underrated (quite literally, as per IMDb score) DBZ film. This has been my short review: feel free to stop here (if anyone reads this at all) as the rest is just more in-depth and my inability to stop/love for writing.
This is certainly one strange beast within the DBZ films, and only one of two movies I hadn't seen for some reason (Bojack being the other). Interestingly I found all the reviews relevant as it's apparent personal opinion plays a large factor. The film seems shorter than most, but I found this to work to it's advantage (short n' sweet as they say). The film largely removes Broli's demeanor or personality, but he never really had one to begin with. He's never really been entirely there to say the least, and really just relegates to pure, unintelligible evil/brute force. At least here he is treated with such, with literally one line of "Kakarot" as he dies - much better than the hundred fold repetitions of such incurred during his "Second Coming." I can see how this film would rank low among hardcore Broli fans, as has been said, but I admittedly am not. I enjoyed the first film, but it was over-hyped for me, even at the time of its release (the only DVD I actually bought, due to Broli's hype-in at the time), but "Second Coming" is my least favorite of the DBZ films (though I enjoyed the Goku/Gohan/Goten combo finale, which was much better than Goku's sudden ability to KO the UNTOUCHABLE Broli in his first film).
This film is an amalgamation of World's Strongest (Biowarriors/mad science), the Blob (or The Raft, if you'd rather), and the Broli films, all thrown into the World Games era of DBZ. It is the only DBZ film to feature a recurring villain for round 3. It is one of the few DBZ films to not end with the not lame in itself, but lame in severe repetition, "get tremendous power/energy from out of nowhere and utterly destroy villain bit" And it sports one of, if not the most unique cast of leads/characters, giving hitherto unacknowledged/under(improperly) used characters a time to shine/do something. Krillin actually does something other than a)charge villain in straight line, b) get smacked by said villain, and c)lament "Why does this only happen to me?" Even Mr. Satan does something, and with Android 18 (so refreshing to see her), his usual annoyance is undercut because she's about the only character who openly defies his B.S about being World Champ.
My favorite "Broli" film, and one of my favorite DBZ movies (ranking up there with Return of Cooler, Battle of Gods, World's Strongest, and Fusion Reborn). 9/10 on a DBZ movie scale, FOR ME.