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Directed By
David Fincher

Written By:
Robert Graysmith, James Vanderbilt

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Richmond Arquette, John Lacy, Chloe Sevigny, John Getz, John Terry, Candy Clark, Elias Koteas, Bob Stephenson, Ed Setrakian

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Zodiac (2007)
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Movie Review by Justin
March 12th, 2007


And so we come again, to another edition of Justin's movie blog. Having the time, inclination, money and most imporantly, babysitter, I was able to make my way to the theater last night to watch David Fincher's "Zodiac." I'm a huge Fincher fan, I loved both "Seven" and "Fight Club" (not so much "Panic Room" although I think that had more to do with Jodie Foster and Dwight Yokam).

"Zodiac" chronicles one of the most imfamous serial killers and unsolved cases of the late 60's and early 70's. It wasn't all peace and love in San Fransico. In 1969 the San Fransico Chronicle gets the first of many letters from someone claiming that he's murdered two kids on lovers lane and that he did the same thing about 6 months before. He continually taunts the paper and the police in a series of letters and cyphers that he sends out. A young politcal cartoonist takes an interest in the case, but the interest eventually leads him to an obession over it. And tracking an elusive serial killer turns into a risky game.

Like I said before, I'm a huge fan of David Fincher and this movie is no different. The style this movie was filmed in was wonderful, it really helps set and maintain tension throughout keypoints in the movie. Also, the cast was brillant. Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., all turned in solid performances and the supporting cast was amazingly good.

Another of the interesting points in this movie is to see how far we've come technologically. Every now and then the technophobes say we're relying too much on technology, but there's a scene where they're trying to trace a phone call and they say they need to keep them on the line for 15 minutes. That and DNA evidence was unheard of, forensic science was in the early stages and still considered by many to be "hocus pocus." This movie really helps show how difficult and fustrating it was to organize a police case (espically since it took place across three cities/two counties).

That being said, a warning to you dear readers, that this movie runs about three hours long. I don't usually mind movies that are three hours long, but this one felt three hours long. There was probably about twenty minutes or so of this movie that could have been with out or been sped along just a tad.

But, who's going to like this movie? Well, if you're a fan of Fincher, deffinately. If you're a fan or either Gyllenhaal or Downey Jr., I'd say so. If you had any interest in the original "Zodiac" case and what it was about, see this one. I'd even go as far as to say if you liked "Silence of the Lambs" this one might peak your interest.

Well, until tomorrow dear readers, when I'll have a review on "Casino Royale" and a James Bond blog for you as well.

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