Zodiac

Zodiac

Director: David Fincher Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.
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Zodiac 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Fincher knows how to go straight to the bone, whether that be by grisly effects or wearing down the psyches of his audience. In ZODIAC he traces the very long investigation of the serial killer in the 1960s and 1970s in the San Francisco area who was never found and has managed to mimic that interminably long yet fascinating exploration by taking close to 3 hours to unravel the bits and pieces of evidence that were to confound the police and the press alike. Based on the book by Robert Graysmith (the SF Chronicle cartoonist who became obsessed with the conundrum of the murders) and adapted for the screen by James Vanderbilt, ZODIAC holds the viewers' attention by its smart, edge of the seat development of what could easily been a too-long-song of a docudrama. Much of the success of the film is due to Fincher's pacing and yet a great deal of the credibility of the story falls in the capable hands of a very fine cast. Jake Gyllenhaal portrays the obsessed Graysmith, a man whose life as a cartoonist for the newspaper and as a husband to Melanie (Chloë Sevigny) and father to three children is gradually broken by his preoccupation with finding the serial killer named Zodiac. He is well supported by Mark Ruffalo as Inspector David Toschi and Anthony Edwards as Inspector William Armstrong, Robert Downey as the alcoholic reporter James Avery, Brian Cox as Melvin Belli, and Elias Koteas, John Carroll Lynch and others in brief but very important cameo roles. For some the film may feel like a long frustrating bore, but magnify that by the real life situation the Zodiac killer created over extended years and the frustration of the forces who wouldn't let the case die will be realized. Obsession such as this takes patience. The payoff is well worth it. Grady Harp
GinaK More than 1 year ago
A beautifully detailed film about the frustrating search for the elusive Zodiac killer. The acting is wonderful, especially by Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo. Both the director David Fincher and the actors keep you interested during every twist and turn in the story, yet there is a haunting sense of mystery and dark madness throughout. The commentary by Fincher is interesting, but sometimes goes off the track. But you can always turn it off and go back to the film and let Fincher's wonderful work speak for itself.
ShakespeareInLove More than 1 year ago
This movie had me glued to every second of it!! Did not want to be disturbed in any way. I watched it several times to sink in all the details, follows the book closely. The cast of characters fit each character to a T. The Music Soundtrack, brought every detail to life also. Very graphic, but outstanding!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this movie david fincher does another fine job with the direction and suspense with some twists and turn about the investigation into murders by an unseen killer. I can see how some people thought the movie "was a bit long" and "was well acted." A new favorite next to panic room and se7en.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An underrated masterpiece. Reminded me of other "deliberately paced" movies of the 70s(the setting) like All the Presidents Men. Some found Zodiac "long" or "boring", but these reviews miss the point of the film or misunderstood what they were getting into. Some thought they were seeing a serial killer movie when they were actually watching a film about obsession. The details of the film, just like the Zodiac case itself, are the most fascinating.
AJG More than 1 year ago
Of the people I know who've seen this movie, the number one complaint I hear about it is that it's too long, and it moves too slow. To me, that's nothing to complain about. True, Zodiac moves along at a slower pace than most thrillers, but that's what makes it unique. The film moves along at a deliberately slower-than-normal pace in order to gradually allow you to develop the same emotions the characters in the film are feeling: frustration, desperation, hopelessness, and fear. By the end of the film, you're as frustrated with the fact that the Zodiac hasn't been caught as everyone who was trying to catch him, and that's part of the beauty of this film. The actors give subtle yet authentic performances, particularly Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo, and Fincher's direction is, as always, deliberate and excellent. If you haven't seen this movie, see it, and if you have, give it another chance.
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