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Death Note: The Last Name

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Picking up where its hugely enjoyable precursor left off, ‘Death Note: The Last Name’ obeys all the rules of the Japanese movie sequel: bigger, faster, weirder. The first film spelled out its complex mythology in simple terms, but any pretence at clarity vanishes in the sequel as the original premise– amoral law student Light possesses a book, the Death Note, which allows him to kill anyone he chooses – is swamped in a mind-mangling series of crosses and double-crosses, new rules and fake books and exposition scenes which only serve to muddy the waters even further.

Some strengths remain, notably the wacky rivalry between cold-hearted Light and his shambling emo-goth sugar-junkie nemesis. But the introduction of new female characters reveals a dubious misogynist streak, and, as the contrivances pile up and the mythology strains at the seams, it becomes hard to ignore the lunacy of the entire enterprise
Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 4 July 2008
  • Duration:135 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Shusuke Kaneko
  • Cast:
    • Tatsuya Fujiwara
    • Takeshi Kagas
    • Shido Nakamura
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