"There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer"Based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s.
Good, but not what you'd expect
Usually when a film gets made about a media grabbing unsolved crime,
the resulting movie tends to be overtly sensational and at best
remotely connected to what really happened. Considering that director
David Fincher's last film about a serial killer was the gripping but
deeply disturbing Se7en, his take on the Zodiac killer almost seemed
primed to be an extreme, nail-biting thriller.
Instead what he's given us is a well argued thesis on the possible
identity of the Zodiac. While there are some very intense scenes,
Fincher takes a somewhat unexpected approach on the subject. All of the
killings take place pretty early on in the movie, with the bulk of the
story centering on the actual investigation into the killer by both the
cops and a cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the case. In fact, the
depictions of the murders are done in a manner that is fairly reverent
towards the victims while still conveying the cruelty of them.
Some people may find themselves disappointed by this two and a half
hour epic if they go in expecting the usual serial killer fare. But
it's a must see for any fan of Fincher's work, or anybody who likes a
good detective story.
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