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Death Note (2017)

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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 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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Trivia

Similarly to Ghost in the Shell (2017), a previous anime adaptation from earlier that year, this film came under fire with accusations of whitewashing when it was decided to cast American actors in the role of characters like Light Yagami and Misa Amane, and rename them with westernized names Turner and Mia Sutton. According to the filmmakers, auditions were held for Asian American actors to be cast but none were selected on the basis that none of there were fluent in English, resulting in further backlash. See more »

Goofs

(at around 16 mins) When Ryuk reads some rules to Light, you can see on the top of one of the rules he is reading, that there is the rule of if there is no cause written of the death, the person shall die of a heart attack. But later on, all deaths that they write have to have a cause or it will be as the dealer says. See more »

Quotes

Light Turner: Look at those people.
Mia Sutton: They're a bunch of sheep.
Light Turner: No, they're not. They're looking for someone who's not gonna let them down the ways cops do and politicians.
Mia Sutton: And that's why they have you.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the closing credits, Ryuk can be heard laughing. See more »


Soundtracks

Reckless (Don't Be So...)
Written by James Reyne (as James Michael Reyne)
Performed by Australian Crawl
Courtesy of EMI Music Australia
Under license from Universal MUsic Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
Skip it and watch the original instead
25 August 2017 | by BeyondEternitySee all my reviews

As a fan of the original Death Note anime I am very disappointed in this film. It was poorly acted, horribly paced, and the drama felt more edgy than composed. The characters personalities were completely changed to the point where I didn't see why they even bothered maintaining the original names and The events of the story were changed so drastically I forgot that I was watching Death Note. In the original anime both L and Light were very calm and rational in how they made each decision, creating a suspenseful psychological drama, but in the film both of them do things that were very out of character and essentially made no sense. Overall this felt very rushed and poorly directed, I wouldn't be surprised if the director had never even heard of the original anime before doing this film.


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