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L: Change the WorLd is the third installment in the Death Note movie series, directed by Hideo Nakata. The series is based on the manga Death Note by Tsugumi Oba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, though the film follows an original storyline. The film was released in Japan on February 9, 2008, Hong Kong on February 7, 2008 and Singapore on February 21, 2008. Ken'ichi Matsuyama reprises his role as L from the previous Death Note films.
The film centers on the final 23 days of L's life, and follows L as he solves one final case. There is little in the way of continuing or expanding the plot line which was established and concluded in the first two movies. Instead, L serves as the protagonist and main character in the film. There are brief appearances by Erika Toda as Misa Amane and Shunji Fujimura as Watari, but neither figure significantly into the plot.

[b]Synopsis:

After solving the Kira case, another serious case confronts L and he has only 23 days left to solve it.

A person who obtained the most horrible weapon, "Death God" says the same thing as Kira ... "I am going to change the world". A boy and a girl hold the keys to solving the case and L faces a crisis of global magnitude to protect the kids. He is without his most trusted partner, Watari, and cannot rely on just his superb intellect to solve the case.

What will happen to L? What will change? The 23 days are packed with turns of events even L himself cannot predict. The final countdown to the shocking events are about to begin!


Movie Review

I shall say this up front: Do NOT bolt out of the hall when the lights come on, as there's a small, simple but effective coda at the end of the credits that will probably provide the answer you're looking for, and that's perhaps as close an answer you will get.

With the phenomenal success of the Death Note movies in 2006, it's almost a natural reaction to see if another movie could be done to capitalize on the formula's momentum. A direct sequel is ruled out, because of the events that unfurled at the closure of Death Note: The Last Name. But since the character of L (played by heartthrob Kenichi Matsuyama) has proven compelling enough to elicit wistful sighs from fandom, the next best alternative filmmakers can provide, is to create a spin off, just like how Hollywood's Magneto and Wolverine from the X-Men franchise have projects in the works.

But contrary to early beliefs that this is going to be a prequel, L: Change the World pretty much happens in that extremely short timeline hanging on L's existence like an albatross around his neck. We're offered very little glimpses of what happened before his obsessed hunt for Kira, and I suspect should subsequent movies be made, it could go into that direction. However it took some clever stylistic editing to slowly cue you in to the right timeline, but in having to replay some events, it is likely to have ruined a key surprise that comes the way of Death Note: The Last Name, if you haven't seen the movie.

What is sorely missed is the multiple battle of wits against formidable characters with moral ambiguity thrown in for good effect, and the numerous twists and turns that tickle your braincells. L: Change the World dwells surprisingly little on the cerebral, and becomes a generic action adventure. And it borrows its basic premise from Mission: Impossible 2 with an existence of a manufactured, lethal virus and its attempts to be weaponized by eco-extremists in a bid to cleanse the Earth from mankind, but forgets a key point alluded to in that same movie - that a hero's worth shall arise from the creation of worthy, quality villains.

With lacklustre, forgettable baddies who can waltz only to supporting "goon" type roles in any B-grade flick, it makes the Death Note movies seem like masterpieces in a league of their own. The saving grace in this flick, just as the title aptly puts it, and the reason why this movie existed, is on the character of L. Kenichi Matsuyama reprises this popular character with aplomb, but while he retains the childlike innocence which hides a shred sleuth beneath, we see a little more of the recluse coming out of his shell, which seems to be both by choice, and by circumstance.

For starters, L now doesn't enjoy counsel of his good old friend Watari (Shunji Fujimura), and gets stuck playing surrogate bodyguard to two children, a Thai boy (Narushi Fukuda) who's a mathematical genius, and Maki (Mayuko Fukuda), the catalyst igniting the sparks of conflict that requires resolution from L. Naturally his man-boy mannerisms are appealing instincts that connect with the children, and watching how he deals with situations in the outside world, getting into the rough and tumble and the thick of the action, is a definite refreshing departure from the L we know and are used to. But as I mentioned, the brains that he's most famous for, take a ceremonial backseat, and if a situation warrants it, he does exhibit some stamina in long distance running (for someone whose exercise includes hopping on seats) and in taking villains down.

Do you need to watch the Death Note movies in order to understand L: Change the World? The short answer is no. However, you'll probably miss the little nuances that comes with that experience, and likely to lose some connection to the slight development with the L character as well.


by Stefan Shih.
http://moviexclusive.com/review/lchangetheworld/lchangetheworld.htm




A lot of people have already seen this as it entered Japanese cinemas on the 21st Febuary. However, if anyone has a link to the movie that possibly has subtitles on it, or even if it doesn't, please post it here for other members to enjoy.
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Sounds good I wish I could watch it
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Me too. ): Someone better upload a subbed version soon. >_< !
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Me too. ): Someone better upload a subbed version soon. >_< !


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CapeRyche wrote:

Me too. ): Someone better upload a subbed version soon. >_< !


yups.. but we dunno whos subbing this movie rite..? cant wait 2 watch it !
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No idea. Won't be long before someone puts one up though, I'm sure.
=] Keep an eye out people !
Posted 2/24/08
Sounds like a good movie. Although I still haven't watched the first two. xP
Hehe, I'm gonna be looking for some place that has this. ^^
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Wuaaahhh ! GO WATCH THEM D: !
The storylines are slightly different to how it is in the anime so it's totally worth watching.
The shinigami's are great too. They don't like tacky or silly in their costumes.
Gogogogogogo !
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I haven't watched the first and second one yet...but this one sounds interesting, since it's different from the anime
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>_______< !
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can't wait to see it
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err...here's some advice....better watch the 1st and 2nd movie first b4 watching it.....or at the start of the movie u would be lyk confused
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evolutionkin wrote:

err...here's some advice....better watch the 1st and 2nd movie first b4 watching it.....or at the start of the movie u would be lyk confused


Have you seen it? ^_^ !!! Is it good?
Woah I love your picture too. Rikku <333333 O_O
Posted 2/28/08
hahahahx... i watch already... nice movie...

case closed? no more next chapter?0.o...
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): Ohhhh darn.
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