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Director David Fincher's cut of his acclaimed thriller based on actual case files surrounding the notorious San Francisco Bay area murders of the 1970s. As the serial killer known as 'Zodiac' taunts the police with letters and cryptic clues, reporters and investigators become increasingly obsessed with finding the murderer's identity, as the cat and mouse game impacts on their professional and personal lives. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.
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This is a film that shows people talking and doing research - hardly, dynamic, cinematic material but Fincher makes it fascinating with strong performances from his talented cast and a solid screenplay to anchor the film. Like Michael Mann's equally obsessive serial killer movie, Manhunter (Restored Director's Cut Divimax Edition), Fincher spends a lot of his movie showing offices buzzing with activity as the case heats up and we see people hard at work as the police, FBI, the Chronicle and even the CIA all try to decipher the Zodiac's code and solve the case. He also show the minutia of their methods while also reminding us of the limits of technology at the time (no personal computers, no internet, no DNA testing, etc.).Read more ›
"Zodiac" is a story of Men working together for a common goal: that of capturing the Zodiac killer. There is the Police primarily consisting of San Francisco PD Homicide, David Toschi (a remarkably committed and persuasive Mark Ruffalo) and William Armstrong (stalwart and dedicated Anthony Edwards) and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery (intelligent, pathetically alcoholic Robert Downey) and Robert Graysmith, who would go on to write the book about the Zodiac murders portrayed by the excellent and wounded, ultimately crazed-by-the-case, Jake Gyllenhaal.
As a rule, in most movies of late dealing with serial killers, the serial killer is merely a jumping off point for brutal and disgusting slash and dash murders. But here Fincher has stepped back, adjusted his sights and telescoped on the psychological and emotional effects of the killings, the endless procedural details of the investigation (handwriting experts, the "2500" suspects), the letters sent to the SF Chronicle by Zodiac and the detritus of a 20+ year investigation that wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith.Read more ›
Filmed in the Bay area the film has that peculiar light known to artists of the region but rarely captured so well as it is here by cinematographer Harris Savides: the sunlight (when visualized is brilliant and the night portions are dank not only form the seeming constant rain but also form the seediness of the story's message. The acting is of the highest caliber: newspaper cartoonist Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal, in a standout role), police inspector David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo, in one of his finest performances), news writer Paul Avery (Robert Downey, Jr.), Melvin Belli (Brian Cox), Inspector William Armstrong (Anthony Edwards), Graysmith's long-suffering wife Melanie (Chloë Sevigny), down to the more minor roles are all pitch perfect.
What makes this film work so well is the emphasis on the human aspect of how violence, especially random and uncontrolled, alters the psyches of people. The breakdown from the stress of the fruitless and frustrating investigation by each of the primary characters is heart wrenching.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this movie. Sadly, the horrors that happened really did happen. So it seems a bit "not so good" to love a movie such as this - but there I be. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Cathryn Jordan
Speaking of the product itself- this came in a cardboard package and was still in the plastic wrap when I unboxed the movie. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Max
This release is excellent. The features are very in depth and it's one of the best movies that many people tend to forget about. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This movie did not stand up to all the hype at the time, it was way too long and was a real seat shuffler, it would have been better as a TV bio pic / documentary. Read morePublished 7 days ago by M. B. Richardson
It was a little more indepth than what was printed in newspapersPublished 8 days ago by paula snickles