Death Note is based on the hit supernatural action mystery manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The live-action film directed by Shusuke Kaneko went straight to number 1. The film follows the manga story of Light Yagami a brilliant but bored student with great prospects. Life changes dramatically when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies. Light sees an opportunity to rid the world of evil using the powers granted in the Death Note. Police call in the help of the famous, but unconventional detective L when criminals begin to mysteriously die. So begins the battle of wits to see who really is good or evil.
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- Death Note review by Jawbreaker
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I found Death Note to be a tad disappointing and under whelming. Clearly showing its manga roots, this adaptation maintains a lightweight cartoonish feel to proceedings. What could have been a decent J-Horror instead is watered down to MTV-lite thriller proportions, adopting a characteristic sterile approach to events. Death Note slots in beside One Missed Call, The Unborn and similar releases with ease. The death god for example is deliberately shown as manga CGI, which contrasts badly with the real-life environments he inhabits while following Light’s commands. Some of the acting performances are wooden and the decision to abandon much of what made the printed Death Note so promising can only be seen to be a travesty.