A Death Note is the reaper's tool to control mortals' life spans. Years ago a man called Kira used one, causing genocide in the name of justice. Delighted by Kira's act, King Death gave reapers an order: "Find a human to succeed Kira. Give that human a Death Note."
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Death Note Light Up the New World: A welcome addition to the franchise
Death Note the anime is one of the all time greatest television series, a true masterpiece and a contender for the most intelligent franchise by far.
I was always fearful to venture into the live action material and that doubled when I watched the embarrassment of Death Note (2017) I finally took a chance and watched Death Note (2006) and was thrilled at how well made it was and loyal to the original material. Sure it had tweaked a couple of parts of the storyline, but it still felt like Death Note.
The sequel was equally great and the third part was perfectly good as well, when I discovered a 4th movie had been made I questioned whether it had reached the stage they were milking it.
Following directly on from the 3rd movie, we're now 10yrs on from the original events of Kira with both Light & L deceased. The death gods have rained death notes down on the world and all hell is breaking loose. It's come down to L's successor and the surviving members of the old team to bring justice to those responsible.
This 4th movie clearly has a larger budget, the shinigami cgi is considerably better and the whole film just looks polished. It follows on perfectly and is a welcome addition to the franchise.
It has it's flaws don't get me wrong, but regardless is a great Death Note film even if it doesn't have the subtlety of the originals.
I'm not sure whether this is the end, I feel like it could continue based upon the ending but this is a decent enough send off should it not.
Decent opening sequence
CGI has improved
Shinigami's are great
Some bad, dull and unlikable characters
Story is perhaps too grand for a 2hr film
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