6/05/2007

Movie Review: Zodiac

In the late 60's to the early 70's, there was a serial killer who terrorized the Bay Area and taunted the police by sending cryptic messages in ciphers. The killer called himself the Zodiac Killer.

David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) directs this movie about author Robert Graysmith's investigation of uncovering who the Zodiac Killer is. Jake Gyllenhaal (Jarhead, Brokeback Mountain) plays Graysmith.

The movie is long and methodical. The time line of story runs from 1969 to 1991-- a real epic, but the presentation of the evidence and suspects is treated with police-like approach. While the soul of the movie is the procedural motion in the investigation of the murders, it also can be seen as a historical piece on how difficult it was to run an investigation with the limited technological capabilities of that era. Undoubtedly, the Zodiac Killer would have easily been identified if it happened today.

Zodiac will test your patience a bit, but the subtleness and chill of the authenticity of the movie makes it a satisfying watch.

Rating: 3/5

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