Reviewed bykriitikkoVote: 9/10/10
The second part of the "Death Note" movie series, "the Last Name"starts from where the first one ended. Yagami Light, who uses God ofDeath's notebook, the Death Note, to kill criminals has joined the teamof his father, Inspector Yagami, and the world's greatest detective, L,to capture Kira. Light, who is Kira, is motivated by his need todiscover L's true name, so he can get rid of the detective. Meanwhile Lis certain that Light is Kira, but without evidence he can't doanything but wait and see. As if things aren't bad enough, a SecondKira appears out of nowhere, to help Kira. Second Kira is Amane Misa, arising idol, who worships Kira and has her own Death Note. Things moveto their conclusion.
"Death Note: the Last Name" is a great improvement when compared to thefirst movie. Where first film was still somewhat slow and uncertain,the second part keeps the viewer interested its whole length: nearlytwo and half hours! The second part is also more faithful to theoriginal manga than the first one. Greatest difference would beremoving the character of Higuchi and replacing him with Takada, who inmanga didn't appear until much later. The second movie is also theconcluding one, which might be confusing since both movies togetheronly tell the first half of the manga events. Still the finale has beencleverly turned faithful to manga, and I personally like it even betterthan manga ending.
I already commented the performances of Tatsuya Fujiwara(Light),Ken'ichi Matsuyama(L) and Takeshi Kaga(Inspector Yagami) in my reviewof first "Death Note" movie, so I'll just comment the new parties here.Erika Toda surprised me with her role as Misa. Although, like manyother manga fans, I too would have wanted to see blonde Misa, the haircolour was the only complain I could come up with. Her Misa is naivebut not as annoyingly air headed as in the manga, but actually makesher a believable. Nana Katase makes an okay role as an ambitiousTakada, although I feel she could have done better.
The complains are the same as previous: the minor characters of policeinvestigators are left in the background and the Death Gods lookridiculous, but this time the dynamic moving of the story saves a lot.
What can I say? A definitive improvement to the first film and a greatending to the story.
Reviewed bytrashgangVote: 3/10/10
Having seen the spin-off Death Note L:Change The World I was afraid byturning this into the DVD player. It started in a good manner but aftera while the boring L was back in business. He just couldn't convinceme. It's strange that I heard that fans were yelling towards the screenwhen he moves a bit or was eating something. For me it was all too muchof blah blah. It clocks in over 2 hours and nothing really happens. Theacting was okay and the ghosts were convincing too but the story linedidn't work out for me. But someone told me if you aren't into theanime series that these flicks aren't your cup of tea. I like tea butnot this taste.
Reviewed byGarryJohalVote: 10/10/10
Death Note 2 is a brilliantly done movie. It's the thriller that othermovies wish they could grow up to be. I can't think of any major flawwith it. The acting was good, unlike some other Japanese movies whichhave good plots or ideas which are watered down by poor acting orspecial effects. It did feel quite stretched out though, it's more than2 hours long. But that only made the plot that much more twisting andkept the audience guessing. There were some scenes that were a tadclichéd, but it lacked the predictable plot twist that we're soaccustomed to in so many Hollywood flicks. The pace was brilliant andkept the movie fresh.Even though it was longer than 2 hours I barelyfelt it. It's a very entertaining and carefully thought out movie. Thedirector did not screw it up by trying to outdo the anime or manga, andit didn't go up its own butt with social commentary. It was immenselythrilling, engaging and fiendishly clever. A very good movie fromJapan, especially after years of poorly made horror films trying toride on The Ring's success.
In the second installment of the Death Note film franchise, Light Yagami meets a second Kira and faithful follower Misa Amane and her Shinigami named Rem. Light attempts to defeat L along with Teru Mikami (a Kira follower) and Kiyomi Takada (another Kira follower) but in the end will Light win? or will a Shinigami named Ryuk make all the difference in Light's victory or his ultimate death?