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Death Note:Review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Sep 23, 2017 - 8:07:30 PM

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The tagline for this movie: Justice Is Coming. A high school student stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in its pages. He uses it to start a secret crusade to rid the world of criminals but soon finds himself pursued by a brilliant detective who always solves his case.

Light Turner is an extremely intelligent high school student dealing with the death of his mother who comes across a magical notebook with the ability to kill people written in it. Mia Sutton is a cheerleader who begins a romantic relationship with Light and becomes so obsessed with the power of the magical notebook that she is willing to kill anyone who gets in the way of its use. Ryuk is the death god who carries out the actual killing of the names written in the notebook and encourages Light to use it as a way of cleansing his world of evil. L is a famous detective who is on the case of mysterious death around the world and the person named Kira who has claimed responsibility for these unexplained killings.

Death Note is a perfect example of a movie that unsuccessfully attempts to tell an intricate story by distilling the themes of the source material. The main problem is that this motion picture ends up highlighting the most basic parts of the original tale and creates a monstrosity that lacks depth. The choices made with this property turned it into a lesser one of the Final Destination movies if the franchise was created by Bret Easton Ellis. Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk and Jason Liles as the motion capture for Ryuk are the only performances worth mentioning. Adam Wingard brings the interesting style he showed when directing The Guest but also showed his inability to grasp the driving force of the original material like he did in Blair Witch. Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides and Jeremy completely miss the mark in their screenplay that is not able to even scratch the surface of the complexity each character is capable of. I liked the music used in the movie but sadly it made the shallowness of the scenes so much more noticeable. I rate this movie a rating of 2 out of 5.

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Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen

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