When he discovers a mystical notebook that grants him the power to kill anyone he wants by merely writing their name, a brilliant student named Light (Tatsuya Fujiwara) develops a god complex and attempts to create utopia. Now, it's up to ingenious detective "L" (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) to stop the supernatural vigilante. Directed by Shusuke Kaneko, this eerie thriller also stars Asaka Seto, Erika Toda and Shigeki Hosokawa.
Walking into Death Note with no prior knowledge or exposure to the anime/manga was an interesting experience. I'm not sure if the anime or manga is better or worse than what I just watched or if even resembles anything close to the source material. Knowing anime fans however, I can assume it's pretty close considering how butt-hurt they can get about these things (my former self included). With that said this was a pretty good movie. It had a significant enough of a background that I wasn't confused without it being to talk-y or technical. It did have a definite cheesiness to it. Nothing that I could really put my finger on, perhaps camera angles, the acting, or the dialogue, but there was something that felt off. One thing I do have to say is that I hated, HATED the animated Shinigami at first. It was just so horrible. Like a purple spot right in the middle of your TV screen...ugly, distracting, and you're not really sure why it's there. Strangely enough though, by the time the movie ended he didn't bother me at all. I think in the end it accomplished one of its goals and suckered me into wanting to read the manga. Also, why anyone would label this a "horror" movie is beyond me. A thriller...MAYBE...somewhat of a drama, but definitely not a horror (besides aren't Asian horror movies, by definition, supposed have wet, stringy-haired dead girls looking for revenge?). In all, this was an interesting look and a decent movie. I'll be sure to check out the sequel.
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