There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer
Based on the actual case files for one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in America, "Zodiac" tells the story of a serial killer that terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
David Fincher’s Zodiac is one of those movies that chills me to the bone just thinking about it. The atmosphere Fincher builds up is unsettling and makes me feel very uneasy. Being based on real events elevates the tension to an almost unbearable state.
Considered by many to be the successor of Se7en, but, while there are similarities, I think it has a lot more in common with the 2003 Memories of Murder. The themes of obsession and uncertainty are very much in the same vein; aesthetically however the two are quite different. Both are brilliantly shot in their own way and I wouldn’t want to compare them in that aspect so I’ll just leave it at that.
"That's Graysmith. He's a cartoonist. He thinks he's going to solve the Zodiac."
- 'Zodiac' director's Cut runtime: 157 minutes.
- How it feels when you watch it: 60 minutes.
David Fincher 'Zodiac' is the best episode I seen from 'Law and Order' I have ever seen and I love 'Law and Order'! 'Zodiac' grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the end, the film is engaging, entertaining and most of all you give a damn to what is happening.
Fincher brought all his toys to the table, from his iconic color palette and cinematography to some amazing…
Early 70's Period Drama, Serial Killer True Story, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey, Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox and a few other familiar faces
Directors Cut Bluray
This was my second watch since its original release and wow I enjoyed this so much more now. A really serious movie that still has some humorous moments from Robert Downey Jr. A couple of his lines had me laugh out loud and yet it doesn't take from the intensity of the subject. Everything in this has a great 70's look as well, all the costumes and set pieces really make you feel like your in the time period of the story. I always like watching the authorities hunt down an intelligent…
Great writing, great cinematography, great cast - this is possibly one of the tensest thrillers I've seen. Based on the real-life hunt for the Zodiac Killer in California in the 60's/70's, this film follows three people as they try to discover the killer's identity. This is another film that keeps you completely focused, constantly has your attention and never outstays it's welcome, even though the film takes place over 22 years. Seriously, every part of this film is brilliant.
Even if it is hard not to see it as Iron Man and Hulk working together again.
I have enjoyed most of David Fincher's past works. I liked Fight Club, but didn't love it as much as others had. I found Se7en to be one of the most thrilling films I had seen in a long while. I haven't seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button since its initial release in theaters. And, The Social Network is one of my favorite films of all time. I don't remember much from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, so that might say something about how I felt about it. But before he adapted the Stieg Larsson novel in 2011 and took on The Curious Case, he directed Zodiac: a film that follows one…
The only thing about this film that's not perfect is the "animal crackers" meme.
Harris Savides creates some of the most resonant images of the 1970s you'll find in cinema. A perfect capsule of time and place.
Fincher delivers a heavily layered investigational epic that in some way breaks down the mythology of The Zodiac.
The film is segmented with murders attributed to The Zodiac interspersed with the main plot thread. It covers multiple angles including the battle between media and police and the bureaucracy existing between the various police departments. It ultimately becomes a tale of obsession and the consuming effect it has on the lives of the central characters. Fincher gives it all his stylish treatment with a great soundtrack and sepia tones.
Often films based on a true story are heavily slanted and that is probably the case here as well. A lot of incriminating evidence is highlighted and the conflicting evidence would appear…
An exploration into uncertainty. Another great film from Fincher
Somewhat over-rated, but enjoyable if you are in the right mood.
Fincher echoes all the great Hollywood crime dramas gone by, yet still turns out a unique and interesting piece of work.
I'll need to watch it again to seal the deal, but I fell in love with this hook line and sinker after only one viewing and it could well make it to my favourites list.
You do spend two and a half hours going nowhere and I can't really deny that the ending left me cold, but the fact is I've been playing this film over and over in my head since I saw it, perhaps even trying to find the killer myself, and I love it.
Another one for the history books from Fincher.
David Fincher knows how to make movies. He's got style. I'm not particularly a fan of his style (it kind of feels like he's rubbing it in your face that he has color-correction technology and you don't), but he's definitely got it. Technically, his movies are flawless. The editing, the sound design, the camerawork; everything is just so. And that's kind of why I don't like Fincher. Nothing feels passionate. There's no energy to his films. Even FIGHT CLUB, a story brimming with angry power, felt procedural and formulaic in Fincher's hands.
This is how I feel about ZODIAC. Based on a true story, this film tells that tale of a bunch of people trying to figure out who the…
If only there were an Academy Award for "Most Fittingly Unnerving Credits Song." Full review to come on Measured Takes this June.
Zodiac reminded me of two other great films I've seen earlier this year: The Wrong Man & JFK. The first movie because this is a film that goes against cliches. It's a serial killer movie focusing more on the procedural aspect than anything else. No car chases, shootouts, or the like. That's remarkable to note, too, since the film somehow was always able to keep me on my toes; it wasn't boring nor did I ever waver a feeling of foreboding suspense (many have compared it more to All the President's Men, but I haven't seen that one yet). And the second movie, another fascinating procedural, because holy shit, this screenplay contains a large amount of information. It's a credit to…