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Death Note is a Japanese movie based off of a popular Manga in Japan called "Death Note". Death Note is about a college student named Light Yagami who finds a notebook that can kill people if you write their name in it. In the movie it goes into more detail about how this is done, but to avoid spoilers I’m just going to leave that out for now. There are two main live-action movies in the Death Note franchise, and a spin-off called "L Change the World". Both of the Death Note movies were made at the same time as to make sure that the actors didn't age too much. After these movies were released in Japan in 2006, they came to American shores and other countries the year after. The movies were so popular that eventually they produced an anime called "Death Note" to fill in plot holes that the film-makers left out.
The story of Death Note goes as follows: After Light finds the notebook; he begins to kill criminals that he thinks deserves to die. While you are watching the movie, you start to take Light's side and begin to think about how corrupt the justice system really is. However, you also get the side of the police, who are trying to put a stop to all of the mysterious killings of criminals all around the world. Eventually, people start to notice the trend of criminals dying and begin to think that it is either god or “something” trying to put an end to criminals all around the world. The people of Japan begin to call this mysterious killer "Kira" (Dark person).
I'm not going to spoil anything else for those of you who haven't seen the movie, but it’s still one of my favorite movies of all time. You really begin to think about how corrupt the justice system is, although the police and lawyers and judges do the best they can, sometimes it doesn't seem like enough to the families who have lost a loved one. There is nothing inappropriate about this movie, so it's alright to watch even if you are under the age of thirteen. However, the constant killing of criminals may prove too scary for younger children.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older