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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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Ryuk (voice)
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Kenny Doyle
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Agent Young
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Dr. Norman Ludlam
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Agent Franks
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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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Death Note: Il quaderno della morte  »

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Ryuk's manga design is seen in a book Light is reading at the diner. See more »

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When Light threatens to write Ryuk's name in the notebook, Ryuk says that no one has written past the second letter in his name. Prior to this conversation Light read a note that said "Do not trust Ryuk, he is not your friend or pet" meaning Light should have known it wouldn't work on him and that someone had gotten past writing Ryuk's name. See more »

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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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The closing credits are written in the same style as the Death Note instructions. See more »

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References American Horror Story (2011) See more »

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Blood Oath
Written by Matthew Pusti
Performed by Matthew Pusti (as Makeup & Vanity Set)
Courtesy of Matthew Pusti
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Super boring. Total waste of source material.
21 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I honestly don't have hope for western remakes of Japanese classics. Western media companies consistently, for decades, have destroyed everything they try to remake.

While casting whites into Asian roles is part of it. I think the problem is deeper. They simply do not respect nor do they understand the source material.

That brings me to this review. It's awful on every level. Whatever brilliance was found in the source material has been grounded up and turned into spam.

What comes out is juvenile yet overly confusing.

It's the worst of both worlds.

It is simultaneously ambitious in its vision yet moronic in execution.

Very strange combination.

The deeper topics that made the original material so revered is bastardized into an unrecognizable form. What comes out is a convoluted mess that doesn't know what it wants to be.

Save your time. Check out the source material. You'll be glad that you did.

Final verdict 2/10

Is this a joke? I am here to see Bruce Lee but they put the focus on some white guy, Steve McKee (Billy Magnussen).

I got nothing against white guys, but what is he doing as the focus of a Bruce Lee biopic? I noticed a very disturbing pattern in Hollywood. They can't seem to be happy with Asian men in the lead role even in their own biopic.

You may think I am kidding but look at all the ways they've whitewashed history eg The Conqueror - Genghis Khan played by John Wayne, Attila The Hun starring the guy from 300.

Is it a coincidence that kulturemedia (search it) has a database of this sort of thing?

But that's just the beginning. Instead of celebrating what a beast Bruce Lee is, they make him out to be some insecure and jealous loser who is butthurt over Steve McKee's success (in the film that is) Seems more like a character assassination, rather than a biopic.

There's the whole "hostility to the fact that Lee's students include Caucasians." This is very one sided because it doesn't account for the century+ of rampant racism and war crimes committed by Caucasians against the Chinese including the opium wars holocaust, eight nation alliance, and the stealing of Hong Kong. None of that is mentioned.

All in all, this is a terrible film. I would not recommend it for Bruce Lee fans as it tarnishes his true history with half baked lies and even focuses on some Caucasian instead.

Feels like it was the director who was jealous of Bruce Lee's success.

Update: Odd. I have noticed review manipulation. Recently, there are a lot of boilerplate "ignore the critics. this movie is the best!". Be alert of such fake reviews. They do not match fan reviews nor even professional movie reviewers at newspapers and online blogs.


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