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The true story behind the murders that many crime scholars believe to be the most perplexing series of unsolved crimes in modern history comes to the screen in chilling detail as Fight Club and Seven director David Fincher steps behind the camera to tell the mysterious tale of the infamous Zodiac killer. A relentless serial killer is stalking the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area, leaving citizens locked into a constant state of panic and baffled authorities scrambling for clues. Though the killer sadistically mocks the detectives by leaving a series of perplexing ciphers and menacing letters at the crime scenes, the investigation quickly flat-lines when none of the evidence yields any solid leads. As two detectives remain steadfast in their devotion to bringing the elusive killer to justice, they soon find that the madman has control not only over their careers, but their very lives as well.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 233
- Fresh: 208
- Rotten: 25
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Low-key but all the more compelling for it, Zodiac is the first must-see movie of 2007.
Fresh: Any honest neurotic could probably tell you: the emotional payoff of an obsession is not attaining some longed-for goal -- it's the obsession itself, which fulfills certain needs.
Fresh: [W]here Se7en, with its stygian gloom and theatrical executions, inflated the serial killer genre to gothic proportions, Zodiac lets the air back out. It is methodical rather than macabre, clinical rather than cruel.
Fresh: Gyllenhaal always manages to present a person of some sensitivity without leaning on actorish resources.
This is a very scary film. I wasn't alive at the time of the Zodiac, and it's amazing and horrifying at what happened then. David Fincher has made a great mystery-thriller and you must see it. The directing is very good, and the special-effects used to create San Francisco are great. The writing is horrifying, but there's a few BIG flaws. The ending is very anti-climactic. There's all this buildup to seeing and finding out who Zodiac is -- which is very bad, considering I knew very little of the subject till now, and it ends on a bit of a high note. Another problem is that it's a really long film. Some of this could've been trimmed a bit. Another flaw would have to be that when Downey's character exits the picture, it becomes very boring. Jr. is basically the soul of this film, and we he finally shows back up, it's a real letdown. Gyllenhal cannot carry this film on his own shoulders, no matter how good he is in this. The acting is phenomenal. This could've been an Oscar-contender had it been released later in the year. There's hardly any murder scenes, and the two scariest scenes are when Jake's in the house where Zodiac is, and when Jr. gets the card. Gives me goosebumps. Overall, if you can stand the running time, you can handle anything this film throws. There's more profanity than there is violence. A problem some may find with this on their iPod, is that the final moments of the film include "aftermath text" and I doubt it'll appear well on the device. Buy/rent this.
Great movie, but....
Why don't the movie studio make all their movies for rental as well as purchase. The reason why I ask is because I would prefer to rent this movie for now and if they have it come out on Blu-ray in the future I'll buy it. But I don't want to have to buy this version in standard def, and then buy it in blu-ray.
One of the best of 2007
This is director David Fincher, a master at combining style, suspense, and story, at his best. That's not too easy to say, since his previous credits include Se7en, Fight Club and The Game (all of which I love) but it's true. Though the film is a little on the long side (the version I saw was the Director's Cut) it entertained me the whole time. Just looking at the movie and marveling at what Fincher does is good enough, but of course we get a great, true story, complemented by very solid performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr, who I believe is Oscar-worthy in this film. Speaking of the Oscars, don't overlook this film just because the Academy Awards did. It probably would have snuck in another year with less aggressive competition, and besides, for the most part it's a subtle film with subtle dialogue and visuals, which rules it out for at least a half dozen nominations. And maybe it's not the very best film of this outstanding year in movies, but it's a great runner-up.