Death Note: The Last Name
Thanks to the young lady Reta who gave me some premier tickets to this fantastic show, I wouldn’t have gone to watch Death Note otherwise, especially after the horrid experience with the last Japanese show I watched in the cinema – Forbidden Siren.
In a nutshell, the story revolves around a brilliant student (Light) who picked up a death note that was dropped by a Shinigami (Death God). If a name is written in the book, the person will die in the next 40 seconds. Light wanted to get rid of evil and started using the book to kill off convicted criminals, gaining a reputation as Kira. But since he was taking justice solely from his own judgment, the police soon recruited the help of a famous detective, L, to stop Kira. The two then tries to outsmart each other, Light trying to kill L, and L trying to figure out who is Kira and to catch him.
The movie actually takes off from where the first one left off. If you did not watch the first Death Note (corresponding to anime series 1-7), the second (the rest of the anime) would still be very good, but might be a little confusing at first. Grab a DVD of the first Death Note, then go to the cinema for the 2nd.
This is by far the best non-anime Japanese movies I have ever watched. An interesting premise with a very smart story line full of brilliant twists. The ending might be a little dark, I get the feeling like I did while watching arguably last year’s best show – The Prestige. Go watch it, it’s awesome.