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Death Note (2017)

TV-MA | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 25 August 2017 (USA)
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A high school student named Light Turner discovers a mysterious notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written within its pages, and launches a secret crusade to rid the world of criminals.

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Adam Wingard

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Charley Parlapanides (screenplay by) (as Charles Parlapanides), Vlas Parlapanides (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Wolff ... Light Turner
LaKeith Stanfield ... L (as Keith Stanfield)
Margaret Qualley ... Mia Sutton
Shea Whigham ... James Turner
Willem Dafoe ... Ryuk (voice)
Jason Liles ... Ryuk
Paul Nakauchi ... Watari
Jack Ettlinger Jack Ettlinger ... Kenny Doyle
Matthew Kevin Anderson ... Agent Young
Chris Britton ... Peltz
Timothy Lambert Timothy Lambert ... Dr. Norman Ludlam
Kwesi Ameyaw ... Undercover Agent #1
Justin Stone ... Undercover Agent #2
Christian Sloan ... Agent Franks
Artin John ... Antony Skomal
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Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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Adam Wingard addressed the whitewashing controversy over the film by explaining that the film is an American take on the Death Note story, stating, "It's one of those things where the harder I tried to stay 100% true to the source material, the more it just kind of fell apart. You're in a different country, you're in a different kind of environment, and you're trying to also summarize a sprawling series into a two-hour-long film. For me, it became about; what do these themes mean to modern day America, and how does that affect how we tell the story." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 17 mins) When "L" is chasing Light Turner through the diner, he jumps up and runs along the counter. One can clearly see "L" slips and is about to fall on his butt; however, it switches to a different camera angle and he has not fallen but is still running. See more »

Quotes

Ryuk: Rule 28: Each death must be physically possible. So no shark attacks while someone's on the toilet, as much as I love that idea.
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The closing credits are written in the same style as the Death Note instructions. See more »

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Version of Death Note (2006) See more »

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Don't Change
Written by Garry Beers (as Garry William Beers), Andrew Farriss (as Andrew Charles Farriss), Jon Farriss (as Jonathan James Farriss), Michael Hutchence (as Michael Kelland Hutchence), Kirk Pengilly, Tim Farriss (as Timothy William Farriss)
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It should have been a TV Series
25 August 2017 | by vicentenogSee all my reviews

An unfortunate missed opportunity.

I didn't give this movie a 5 because it was different from the original, i thought it wasn't different enough. I have read the Death Note manga several times and i think that, for a Shonen Jump Manga, it is a Masterpiece.

Still, being a Manga made for a very specific demographic it is tied to several silly Japanese teen archetypes. For example: Light Yagami being a High School Student and Misa Amane being a Teen idol, both of them being Japanese, that kind of thing.

The Story of a NoteBook of Death that is used to "create a better world" however, has a potential that far exceeds the original manga.

I believe that, had this been done correctly, it could have been on par with Breaking Bad. It could have been a master piece. They didn't even have to use the names of the original characters, they could have forgotten about the silly high school plot line and the Japanese clichés.

It should have been a TV Series and the characters should have been Detectives. Its sad to see such missed potential.

I honestly believe that, had this been done by good writers and on the right format, it could have far surpassed the original.


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