Zodiac

Zodiac ★★★★½

David Fincher is one of the very few directors who only have good to excellent films in their overall work (I deliberately remove Alien 3 here, since Fincher could not be made responsible for the end result). "Zodiac" is also an excellent work, in which Fincher's (serial killer) thriller takes a different path than with his masterpieces "Seven" or "Fight Club".
Rather, Fincher completely tears down the framework he created with his thriller based on the seven deadly sins and creates a new foundation for the really "last serial killer film" (D. Fincher). "Zodiac" demystified, destroyed and reformed the exhausted genre from its foundations.
The film is based on the actual events in the San Francisco area in 1968 and 1969, in which the Zodiac killer killed five people in a bestial way. Two of his victims survived. What was special about these murders, however, was the killer's coded clues, which upgraded the murders over television to something even more incomprehensible.
The film takes place at a time when the media world is facing tremendous change. The new media such as faxes are opening up an accelerated communication path and messages are spreading faster and faster. The link between murder and the related news on television is getting shorter and shorter.
This is the time of the "Zodiac", beneficiaries of this new media, in order to create a public enemy image of itself. Investigators are almost obsessively spending half their lives looking for him. This change can be seen particularly well in the role of Robert Downey Jr.: The change from optimism to pure despair that led him to slip into drugs and alcohol addiction.
But it is also the time of the sexual revolution and emancipation. The parties got more extravagant and alcohol and drug use was increasing. This was also the time of the "Zodiac" killer, who tried to bring "order" into this world again through the murders of the teens.
David Fincher's film reflects an entire epoch in his thriller. It shows the change in American culture, the police and the media and what it did with them. He created a thriller that fixed and liberated his genre. I would not like to speak of a masterpiece here, since the film, in contrast to a fictional “seven”, has to put back somewhat in terms of tension, intensity and dramatic finesse. But the absurdity and that obsessive desire for the identity of the murderer, no other thriller in this perfection has accomplished this like Fincher's “Zodiac”.

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