Zodiac

Zodiac

David Fincher (2007)

151min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In real life the Zodiac Killer terrorised San Francisco in the late 1960s and early 70s, his murders supported by a publicity hungry correspondence with the city's newspapers. He was the inspiration for Dirty Harry's Scorpio Killer, yet in Se7en director David Fincher's intricate drama his crimes are given a less sensational spin. Focusing on the police and press investigation into the murders, Fincher's film follows cartoonist Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), flamboyant reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr) and grizzled police inspector David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) as they try to crack the case. It's over two-and-a-half hours of obsessively gritty procedure that really finds the drama in the details. Exhaustive in its dedication to the minutiae of the unsolved killings (Fincher combed through 10,000 pages of documents and interviewed survivors), Zodiac probes the limits of knowledge and evidence with startling power. And, refreshingly, Fincher allows the murders (re-created with disturbing brutality) to take second place to tracing the toll the investigation takes on the protagonists.

Summary

Fact-based crime thriller about the tortuous hunt for a mysterious serial killer who terrorised San Francisco in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and taunted the police and media with cryptic messages. Three men became obsessed with identifying the murderer after his reign of terror inexplicably stopped, but their fixation with the case took a heavy toll on their lives. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Brian Cox.

Cast & Crew

Robert Graysmith Jake Gyllenhaal
Paul Avery Robert Downey Jr
Inspector David Toschi Mark Ruffalo
Inspector William Armstrong Anthony Edwards
Melvin Belli Brian Cox
Melanie Chloe Sevigny
Arthur Leigh Allen John Carroll Lynch
Templeton Peck John Getz
Director David Fincher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama