Light Turner (Nat Wolff), newly in possession of a book that lets its owner kill anyone whose name and face they know, picks a target.
A few throwaway lines address that issue — his mother was murdered, so he has a vague desire to kill “bad guys” — but these topics are never explored on any significant level.
That basic lack of motivation extends to nearly every character in the film, from Light’s father to his accomplice girlfriend, Mia (Margaret Qualley).
In the anime version of the story, Light is a charismatic, popular student who discovers his dark side, and the strength of his villainy stems from his charm.
Instead of relying on the notebook’s stock Death, a simple heart attack, this version of Light plans out detailed, grotesquely public endings for many of his victims: decapitations, roof-jumping mass suicides, and so on.
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