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Netflix's Death Note, a streaming review

Right up front, I’m going to say that Netflix‘s Death Note has a slow start that gets a bit more tangible as the story goes. It’s not bad entertainment if you download it to your phone and watch it in segments on different days while on your commute via train or carpool.

The original Death Note, on Amazon.

With that said,

“A high school student discovers a supernatural notebook that has deadly powers. He can kill anyone he wishes simply by inscribing their name within its pages. Intoxicated with his new power, he begins to eliminate those he deems unworthy of life.”

The film is based off a successful Japanese manga title of the same name, but alas, what’s good in one venue isn’t always good in another, like so many video game to movie franchises.

The cast includes Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles and Willem Dafoe as the demon himself.

If it weren’t for Dafoe, well, having him voice the demon was a nice touch.

This film starts out in the worse way ever. The opening scene shows a sudden rain cell burst and in the rain, a leatherbound book comes falling out of the sky to land almost in the lap of our young character star, named Light Turner.

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