Zodiac (2007) – Encore Review

“I am not the Zodiac. And if I were, I certainly wouldn’t tell you.” – Arthur Leigh Allen

Number of Times Seen – 3 (Dec 2008, 17 Nov 2017 and 25 Nov 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Chronicle of the work of the reporters and lawmen who tried to discover the identity of The Zodiac Killer over more than a decade.

My Take on it – This is one of my favorite films from 2007 and in my quest to refresh my memory of films starring Jake Gyllenhaal, I decided to watch it again.

The film does an amazing job showing how true crime is never as quick and complete as fictional ones.

The run time of this story is quite long but it actually is such a comprehensive look at the events and how they played out over the years.

The story is told really well and stays gripping and thrilling the whole way through.

The cast is amazing and features Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. Anthony Edwards, Mark Ruffalo in prominent roles, but the main characters of this film is the unknown and unseen Killer himself who makes these characters lives a living Hell as they attempt to solve this strange and unpredictable case.

The amount of details about the crimes and murders committed over more than a decade of time is able to give the viewer a crash course in the case in the information and clues that these investigators gathered over so many years and is so engaging to watch unfold.

David Fincher does a wonderful job directing this film and helps create such a suspenseful atmosphere for the story and is able to keep things so gripping the entire way through.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that shows that true crime doesn’t always have as quick a solution as fictional ones do. The film is quite long, yet they are extremely comprehensive in the way that they show how the events have played out over the years. The cast is superb and despite having lots of recognizable stars in prominent roles, the main character is the unseen criminal who’s acts have all of the other characters constantly seeking him. The film goes into lots of details about the crimes and murders and really gives the viewer a crash course on the information that took investigators decades to gather. Fincher knows how to create such a suspenseful story and keep things so gripping from start to finish. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The only real comment that Robert Graysmith said about the finished screenplay was, “God, now I see why my wife divorced me.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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