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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in mind might disappoint those expecting a typical David Fincher movie, but his exploration of a serial killers reign across 70s San Francisco is highly rewarding, provided youre willing to put in the (2 and a half) hours. The Zodiac killer submitted citizens of California to everything from fear to mild bemusement for the better part of a decade with his media-baiting ciphers and acts of terrible violence. Meanwhile reporters, police and an obsessed cartoonist named Robert Graysmith spent those years trying and ultimately failing to put a face to the name. Finchers own fascination with the case really comes across here, and while he doesnt shrink from the horror of the murders, this is his most traditional, but most accomplished feat of storytelling to date.
The pin sharp dialogue and perfectly paced story is accompanied by a first rate cast most notably Robert Downey Jnrs hack Paul Avery and Mark Ruffalos dogged homicide detective David Toschi. The story veers away swiftly from standard serial killer fare to intense procedural, focussing on the obsession of the men trying to stop Zodiac. And the real accomplishment here is that audiences will feel their regret, because to this day, the killer has never been caught. Despite this and the intimidating running time, those with the patience will be rewarded with one of the best crime thrillers in years. -Luke Mawson
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