Reviewed bykojisuzukiVote: 8/10/10
L: Change the World is a spin-off from the Death Note movies, not themangas. The mangas/anime are better than all the films. Death Note:Part 1 is a better film than L, but I enjoy the last the most. DeathNote: Part 2 is all-over the place though.
Hideo Nakata was able to craft an intense and heart-pounding thriller,and Matsuyama Kenichi is just simply amazing as the almost heartless L,but we see more of him as a "human".
Basically, L: Change the World chronicles the last days of L, similarto what Passion of the Christ did to Jesus. Other than the amazingKenichi, the young boy F is adorable and we see him become Near - whowe never see - in the near future; hence the toy robot.
Overall, L: Change the World is a worthy spin-off to the shaky filmsand superior mangas/anime. Highly recommended!
Reviewed byBeccaDeathNote-xVote: 8/10/10
First of all, I don't know why some people dis this movie- saying "Thishas nothing to do with Death Note". For the record, that's because itisn't supposed to have anything to do with Death Note.
I went to HMV last weekend and when I saw this movie, I had to buy it-I am a huge fan of L and seeing the title and cover I thought thiswould be a good watch. I was right.
From the beginning, I enjoyed this movie. I liked that the last days ofL's life were spent solving a case,visiting Wammys and smiling?:D Ialso liked Near's appearance, and no offence but they weren't going tofind a Thai boy with white hair. Near was very sweet and his liking fortoys and genius ability showed during the course of the movie.
Maki was an interesting character, by the end I had started to likeher, In the beginning I despised her to be honest.
I cried at the ending, it was very touching. Showing this was the end.L's final words were very moving and he actually smiled!
L fans will enjoy this movie a lot, I think.
All in all, this was a very good watch and I'm glad that I bought it.
Reviewed bySimon BoothVote: 4/10/10
I'm sure everyone agrees that L was by far the more interestingcharacter in the Death Note movies, thanks to a charmingly weirdgeek-cool performance from Kenichi Matsuyama, possibly channellingJohnny Depp. As such you can't blame the producers for giving him hisown spin-off/sequel... only for making it so bad.
The problem, in a nutshell, is that the writers have missed the pointon practically everything that made the Death Note films interesting.The intriguing mystical lore about the Death Notes and their keepers isall forgotten about, which is probably better than trying to contrivesome re-entrance for them - except that it's replaced by a feeblepseudo-science deadly virus tale that even the cheesiest ofdirect-to-video American films would be ashamed of. The high level mindgames that drove the plot of DN are almost entirely gone - L'sopponents are a dim-witted bunch, and in their place is a countdown todestruction and an entirely unforgivable attempt at an action-packedfinale. Ugh.
Worst of all, they decided that what L really needed was humanising -to whit, a back-story that reveals him to be part of an alphabeticallycodenamed secret organisation fighting crime under the stewardship ofWatari, and a plot that leaves him taking care of two young childrenfor most of the film. Matsuyama tries his best, and his presentation ofL still manages to be simultaneously super-cool and super-cute, butthere's only so much he can do with the ill-conceived storyline andjuvenile scripting. There are some moments that do work, but they arein a minority. Worth seeing if you enjoyed the Death Note films, justto tie things up, but set your expectations for it several notchesdown.
A spin-off of the popular Death Note films, 'L: Change The World' focuses on the legendary detective L as he uses his final 23 days to solve crimes all over the world. When a young girl and boy come to him for aid, L is soon faced with what may be his most difficult case yet: stopping a group of corrupted scientists from spreading a lethal virus throughout the earth.