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      Death Note

      2006 2h 6m Adventure Crime Drama Horror Mystery & Thriller List
      78% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 86% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Light Yagami (Tatsuya Fujiwara) is a normal, undistinguished college student -- that is, until he discovers an odd notebook lying on the ground. He soon discovers that the notebook has magic powers: If someone's name is written on it while the writer imagines that person's face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike power, Light kills those he deems unworthy of life. But a mysterious detective known only as L (Kenichi Matsuyama) becomes determined to put a stop to his reign. Read More Read Less

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      Tim Grierson L.A. Weekly The combatants' mano-a-mano gamesmanship has such pulpy inventiveness that your inner fan-boy will most assuredly rejoice. Aug 28, 2008 Full Review Jamie Russell BBC.com Fiendishly unusual, it's an offbeat time-waster that genre fans will definitely want to make a note of. Rated: 3/5 Apr 25, 2008 Full Review Time Out Towards the end things grow darker and more complex, leading to a satisfyingly emotive and unresolved finale and leaving the door wide for the inevitable and welcome sequel. Rated: 4/6 Apr 25, 2008 Full Review Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed An entertaining, creepy, and beautifully written horror film... Sep 11, 2012 Full Review Luke Y. Thompson OC Weekly It's like Infernal Affairs/The Departed crossed with Devilman, Primal Fear and Drop Dead Fred. If that combination doesn't scream "Watch me!" to you, well, you're wrong. Dec 30, 2008 Full Review Beth Accomando KPBS.org If you love good story telling, an intricate plot, cute young Japanese stars, and a punky shinigami, you won't find a film better than Death Note... unless it's Death Note 2. May 19, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Liam D A anime adaptation done right with a hook for a sequel I cannot wait to watch Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/06/22 Full Review thomas b Top budget foreign blockbuster from 2006 about a teenager who can exterminate people by writing there name in a notebook. When I first watched this 6 years ago, I dubbed it the greatest Japanese live-action film ever made. When it comes to Japanese movies, there are only a few select anime that outshine Death Note's super intelligent plot elements [book rules]. And after you add it's first sequel to the formula, it's even a more distinguished masterpiece. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member If I could really give one serious bit of criticism from a story/structure stance, it's that this movie's ending feels too definitive to necessarily feel like a cliffhanger, yet not definitively enough to allow the movie to operate without a follow-up. Beyond that, the movie's Daytime Soap Opera look and feel is the only actual complaint I can levy at this film, and this is legitimate as this movie is from the same Director that was actually able to make the ONLY good Gamera movies, almost entirely because his Directing was so stellar. Not to say that his Directing is not good here, but it almost entirely comes in the form of getting good Performances and doing a good job conveying the Story (which is complex) to the Audience, but this movie has MASSIVE potential for visual flair that it completely squanders, and that's a real shame. However, the main reason to watch this is because of the Story, which is absolutely brilliant. The very long-short of the story is this: A Criminal Justice major, about to graduate, just learned that many times "the system" allows those that obviously committed heinous crimes to walk, either due to a lack of evidence, lack of witnesses willing to come forward, or worst of all, due to a technicality. Rather disillusioned with the world of Criminal Justice, he suddenly comes across a book simply titled "Death Note", with the power to kill any person whose name he writes into it. At first he uses it sparingly, like on a gangster who threatens him on the street, then on people in a Maximum Security prison, all the way down to, eventually, those who wish to rob him of this power, which is slightly robbing him of his humanity. Despite the movie's slow-burn storytelling, a surprising amount of events take place in this movie. It also features an intense battle of minds between a man who can kill from the shadows by simply writing a name into a book, and a hyper-genius who is able to actually figure out who is causing it; this is NOT a task I would want to do myself, but the tactics he employs to narrow it down are insanely creative. Perhaps most importantly, and impressively, is that this movie gets you into the mind of a casual killer (I can't think of a better term) extremely effectively, as you COMPLETELY understand where he is coming from, and you, as an audience member, begin to question whether you would be able to resist the temptation, or if you're just one or two intense emotional pushes from using it yourself - And with that, once you start using it, how fast before you just let your power go into full effect, simply laying waste to everyone and everything that you hate. Somehow, the main character, whom is both the Protagonist and the Antagonist (but NOT an Anti-Hero either) remains slightly sympathetic throughout the entire movie, and the journey that follows, almost entirely told from his perspective, is a highly engaging one. You see him make some blatant mistakes, ones where he does not cover his tracks whatsoever, and learn from them, even one point killing people while under a surveillance camera, using very clever sleight-of-hand methods that prevent anyone from noticing. Despite this movie's ~150 minute runtime, I was completely enthralled with it through and through. It not only tells a compelling story, but genuinely (and unnervingly) questions the human condition in a way that I have never seen before or since, and if things like a slow-burn pace and Made For TV Movie production values and editing don't scare you away, then I don't just consider this a movie to recommend - I consider this an absolute Must See! (at least if you've never seen the Anime, which I have not) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Gianmarco R Very nice and inspired movie, very upbeat and fun, never boring. Although slightly repetitive the film stands up very well thanks to the continuous twists. The only flaw are the special effects, but apart from that the film is very enjoyable Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/09/21 Full Review Audience Member Pretty awesome little adaptation. It gets pretty twisted. The rivalry between the two leads gets really interesting. Sure, the Animation of the Demon is pretty spotty, but not enough to distract, at least not when everything else around him is soo interesting. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/19 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Light Yagami (Tatsuya Fujiwara) is a normal, undistinguished college student -- that is, until he discovers an odd notebook lying on the ground. He soon discovers that the notebook has magic powers: If someone's name is written on it while the writer imagines that person's face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike power, Light kills those he deems unworthy of life. But a mysterious detective known only as L (Kenichi Matsuyama) becomes determined to put a stop to his reign.
      Director
      Shusuke Kaneko
      Screenwriter
      Tsugumi Ôba, Takeshi Obata, Tetsuya Oishi
      Production Co
      My Theater D.D., Inc.
      Genre
      Adventure, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Japanese
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 7, 2019
      Runtime
      2h 6m
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