|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, Chloe Sevigny, Anthony Edwards, Gary Oldman, Mark Ruffalo, Ione Skye, Clea Duvall, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney, Donal Logue, Pell James, Charles Fleischer, Jimmi Simpson|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller|
|Collections:||Robert Downey Jr., Super Cool Films, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Sep 2007|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. become embroiled in the hunt for the Zodiac Killer.
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ZodiacBy Latka (2 reviews) from Swansea , 07 Jun 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]David Fincher retreads the serial killer genre with his latest offering Zodiac. Following the true-life case of the killings in the San Francisco area in the late 60's and 70's, Zodiac is not your usual true crime film.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle, who becomes obsessed with discovering the identity of the killer who has labelled themself 'ZODIAC'. When the killer begins sending letters to the newspaper, Graysmith takes an active interest in the case. But this is not just Graysmith's story, it is also the story of crime reporter Paul Avery (portrayed superbly by Robert Downey Jr) and lead police officer David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo in his best performance to date). You get to see how the crimes affect the three and how their lives were changed because of the killings and subsequent hunt for the killer.
The supporting cast is a who's who of acting pedigree, from Brian Cox's lawyer to Philip Baker Hall as a document's expert.
Many true crime films rely on heavy violence to tell the story, Zodiac does not. Whilst you see some of the murders, they are never portrayed in a gratuitous or exploitative way. The focus on the film being on the obsession of the main characters rather than the sensationalism of the crimes.
Even though the film has a running time of 158 minutes, the pacing of the film means that you never get bored. It is so tightly edited that not a moment of screen time is wasted. Added to that, you have a constant undercurrent of suspense that puts many modern horror films to shame. There are some scary moments, and none more than the fact that this is a true story.
Fincher is a master of visual style and this film is no different. The film looks like a seventies film (even down to classic 70's Warner and Paramount logos at the start).
The film also stays true to the source material, Graysmith's book 'Zodiac', and does not veer off into any moments of dramatic license. It is fact based, and because of this engages the audience more.
This is my film of the year so far. It is thought provoking and so well made it should be a blue print for how true crime films should be made. Great performances by all involved and the attention to detail is amazing (even down to radio adverts for the Rolling Stones' Altamont gig).
The film is up there with the best of true crime films, such as The Boston Strangler and To Catch A Killer. This is David Fincher, and his cast, on top form.
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A superb thriller with plenty of twists!By a customer , 03 Apr 2012Once the slow start passes it is certainly worth the wait. The twist and turns is what makes this film so incredible aswell as the wonderful delivery from Gyllenhaal and Downey Jr. Seriously underrated and definitely worth the watch!
Best True Story Adaptation?By Kusanagiguy (101 reviews) from London , 01 Apr 2012A Whodunit where you don't really care what the outcome is. The characters and their search are far more interesting than who the twisted individual that decided to terrorise society (I never expected a definitve answer considering this covers the real life events)
I had heard that this movie was overly slow and dull but I really connected with Gyllenhaal's character and his quest for justice (despite having no qualifications or power to do so).
I always seem to find real life interpretations either uneasy to watch (especially knowing the murders actually happened) or sloppily constructed as they attempt to show specific events.
Fichcher manages to create a movie that really feels like a fully formed film despite being based on true events (those are usually fragmented and documentary in style).
For me the long running time really flew by and the conclusion was satisfying for a case that essentially is still unresolved
Has its ups and downs, does have some thrills and at least it appears to have a real ending!By Holly86 (14 reviews) , 29 Mar 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThe story continues through many years, initially depicting the Zodiac's killings and the investigative and media attention surrounding them. Richard is a mere cartoonist alongside reporter and friend Paul Avery. They work for a publication which the Zodiac decides to communicate with making demands. Avery writes some daring comments about the murderer and gets targetted in return. He also struggles with his drinking and then pretty much drops out of the picture as his career fails. This part is not very exciting, and it does seem to drag. Richard may have no status or professional part in the investigations but he is incredibly keen. Mocked for being immature and geeky he collects and saves all the information he can, and deciphers the Zodiac's codes. The police never manage to pin anything on any anyone and all the attention falls away, years pass and most people have moved on but Richard is still trying to figure it out. He contacts the police inspector who was originally on the case and tries to convince him to listen to his theories. The inspector accepts he has some intelligent ideas but is sceptical about bothering with it. After numerous blinds leads, more researching and alienating his family he eventually concludes who the killer really is. He approaches the man and looks him in the eye at his place of work- his ultimate goal now achieved. Although the police accepted the evidence against this man he died suddenly before action could be taken against him.
As I have said not very fast faced, but the ending does become exciting. Although the case was never actually solved, there does appear to be a satisfactory conclusion which makes more of an ending than in many films.
Guess Who?By ShoutOut (136 reviews) , 28 Mar 2012A good who- dunnit murder mystery.
If you like working out puzzles to guess who the killer is or stories about serial killers, you'll enjoy this film.
A negative though is- After around 130 minutes of this lengthy film I started to lose interest.
Positive- The need to see who the killer is and why kept me watching till the end, despite switching off at times.
The Cronical Cartoonist Takes On Another Role As A Sleuth!By mciassoc (7 reviews) from Beijing , 19 Mar 2012Brilliantly executed! Talk about Temperatures rising This is a real deep drama of true events that makes the film a serious thriller to be really enjoyed, that will keep you on the edge of your seat towards the end.
How a Cartoonist became a Sherlock Holmes to dig, where other investigative departments gave up; and became the dirty Harry; Dont let this pass you by! I give this a Five ***** rating.