Death Note (Desu nôto) Reviews
The original manga/anime version of Light is wound up so tight due to his pursuit of perfect grades and a perfect career, he's already primed for the seduction of the Death Note's power. That mindset is essential - it's why the random delivery of the Death Note was able to take root so quickly and so deeply. But the film's version shows Light already on the verge of corruption - he hangs out in seedy bars and gambles on friendly basketball games. The film justifies his early use of the Death Note with words, but no feeling.
Death Note is set up as a character-intro prequel to the true tension of the clash between Light and L that will come in the sequel Death Note 2. If you're a fan of the manga or anime, you'll be drawn to this film out of curiousity, but it won't shake your affection or admiration for the originals. It's just not smart enough.
Full review at Drama-MAX