Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chloe Sevigny, Anthony Edwards, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney
Language: English (English subtitles)
Genres: Serial Killers, Detective/Mystery, Based on a True Story
Plot – Spoilers:
The Zodiac Killer has been one of the favorite sources of inspiration for literature and cinema mostly because of the hype around the unresolved killer and the fact that he constantly taunted the public and police for years. So given the magnitude of the legend, it takes a master director like David Fincher to make a fine movie about such a discussed topic.
The movie pretty much follows the Zodiac case – a serial killer in the ’60s and ’70s killed and claimed credit for killings. He often phoned in or mailed letters to prominent newspapers and was never arrested. The police had a strong suspect and Zodiac by Fincher does a great job of capturing Mark Ruffalo’s (lead detective) and Jake Gyllenhaal’s frustrations at having to deal with a stuck up old handwriting expert and never really being able to get that one final bit that could nail their suspect.
The story is told from their perspective and leaves almost no room for any sympathy for the killer. When the film’s done, you end up shaking your head and ruing all the what-ifs.
The interrogation scene with John Carroll Lynch. You can feel the tension and nervousness from the cops. The Zodiac has by this time become a legendary character and you feel a couple of them almost fear him and just about hold it together.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s terror while in the basement with the projector guy who he suddenly fears could be the Zodiac.