Death Note (2006)
Chosen by Brian Marshall who had this to say about it: 'A film I came across thanks to the evil that is amazon recommends. I'd not read the manga so wasn't sure exactly what to expect. I was hooked from the get go and it's one of only a few films where the ending took me by surprise. '
Staying fairly faithful to the early volumes of the successful manga, it doesn't quite manage to get past the books very exposition heavy dialogue dumps and lacks the artistic visuals to make up for for the fact that nothing exciting is happening (heart attacks are rather dull to watch really) for much of it's lengthy running time.
But it is still an interesting premise set in a world just left of ours (the Police seem to happily accept a supernatural explanation without ever questioning it, i guess this kind of thing happens all the time, where's Scully when you need her?) nicely played by most involved.
It does annoyingly have very little in the way of a conclusion, a neat blackly comic gag (that leads to a moment as important to manga fans as De Niro and Pacino meeting in Heat) is somewhat negated by the fact it cuts to another storyline that goes nowhere here merely forcing a pointless nod towards a sequel.