Zodiac

Zodiac

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Zodiac
As far as mass murderers go, one of the biggest mysteries was and still is the identity of the self-titled Zodiac who killed at least 5 in San Fransisco, in the 1960s/70s. He was never caught despite his penchant for sending notes & coded messages to the press, usually indicating his disgust at authority’s inability to nail him. Years later his most famous and chilling note was received, reading “Zodiac, 37 – Cops, 0”.

Film follows the policemen and newspaper writers (including Gyllenhaal, Ruffalo, Downey Jnr) who became obsessed with cracking the murderer’s code and identifying him, during the time he held the city hostage. The top shelf cast is joined by director David Fincher ('Se7en', 'Fight Club'). Looking for a return to form after 'Panic Room', Fincher has picked his forte - in the genre that made him - with this gritty, mystery/thriller.
2007Rating: R16, contains violence139 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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Conveying an astonishing array of information across a long narrative arc while still maintaining dramatic rhythm and tension, this adaptation of Robert Graysmith's bestseller reps by far director David Fincher's most mature and accomplished work...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Rarely has a film with so much blood on its hands seemed so insistently alive...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Firing on all cylinders as a creepy thriller, police procedural and "All the President's Men"-style investigative newsroom drama, the smart, extremely vivid production oozes period authenticity...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Fascinating but often wearying story about the late-60s San Francisco serial killer...

3.0
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Newshub

Newshub

press

Zodiac is the best David Fincher watch since Se7en - his meticulous attention to detail and mood, and the incredibly subtle and clever way he racks up the tension...

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Taunts you to the edge of the seat and leaves you perched there – just as perplexed – almost three hours later. But what a magnificent journey...

4.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Fascinating and gripping though it may be, Zodiac is also overloaded with information and takes its time telling the tale. The audience is hard-pressed not to lose interest by the ending 158 minutes later, which we know is not going to have a huge pay-off for these men's broken lives...

3.0
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James Vanderbilt's script if full of gut-wrenching anxiety, and enthralling, engaging, and sometimes even witty dialogue. The film succeeds from great performances, particularly from Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo. Zodiac ranks in at one of David Fincher's best, alongside The Social Network and Fight Club.

5.0
0

Here's the story behind the true story that inspired DIRTY HARRY. Hardgoing on first viewing - but well worth it. Painstaking research translates into a detailled examination, recreation and "solving" of a crime. If you loved Oliver Stone's JFK then this is along those lines. Slow, deliberate and consumately crafted by a filmmaker with nothing to...

5.0
0

If you count his music video output as a "first movie" (just pretend it makes sense), David Fincher may be the most precisely consistent director in Hollywood. Every few years he launches a stupendous, nuanced-yet-bombastic assault on mainstream film, redefining in the process just what we feel we have a right to expect from movies. (Chuck Pahlaniuk, rather...

4.0
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Very authentic 70's feel and the film kept my attention from beginning to end. A couple of really nice suspense moments in there too. Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo were excellent.

4.0
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First I'd like to point out that RhondaS is mistaken in claiming this film is 'noir' ... it is by no means a noir film. I personally hadn't payed much attention to what Zodiac was about apart from a trailer I had seen on TV which I gatherd it was about a serial killer. My date picked the movie, my date regreted it and has informed me I'm to pick the...

3.0
0

As a San Francisco resident for 8 years, I am always fascinated by movies about this city. I remember the Zodiac killings only vaguely, as I lived in Texas at the time. This film brings that horror back to life in a gritty recreation of San Francisco 1969. This series of murders, along with the Manson Family killings in Southern California, was the...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Conveying an astonishing array of information across a long narrative arc while still maintaining dramatic rhythm and tension, this adaptation of Robert Graysmith's bestseller reps by far director David Fincher's most mature and accomplished work...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Rarely has a film with so much blood on its hands seemed so insistently alive...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Firing on all cylinders as a creepy thriller, police procedural and "All the President's Men"-style investigative newsroom drama, the smart, extremely vivid production oozes period authenticity...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Fascinating but often wearying story about the late-60s San Francisco serial killer...

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Zodiac is the best David Fincher watch since Se7en - his meticulous attention to detail and mood, and the incredibly subtle and clever way he racks up the tension...

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Taunts you to the edge of the seat and leaves you perched there – just as perplexed – almost three hours later. But what a magnificent journey...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Fascinating and gripping though it may be, Zodiac is also overloaded with information and takes its time telling the tale. The audience is hard-pressed not to lose interest by the ending 158 minutes later, which we know is not going to have a huge pay-off for these men's broken lives...

3.0
0

James Vanderbilt's script if full of gut-wrenching anxiety, and enthralling, engaging, and sometimes even witty dialogue. The film succeeds from great performances, particularly from Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo. Zodiac ranks in at one of David Fincher's best, alongside The Social Network and Fight Club.

5.0
0

Here's the story behind the true story that inspired DIRTY HARRY. Hardgoing on first viewing - but well worth it. Painstaking research translates into a detailled examination, recreation and "solving" of a crime. If you loved Oliver Stone's JFK then this is along those lines. Slow, deliberate and consumately crafted by a filmmaker with nothing...

5.0
0

If you count his music video output as a "first movie" (just pretend it makes sense), David Fincher may be the most precisely consistent director in Hollywood. Every few years he launches a stupendous, nuanced-yet-bombastic assault on mainstream film, redefining in the process just what we feel we have a right to expect from movies. (Chuck Pahlaniuk,...

4.0
0

Very authentic 70's feel and the film kept my attention from beginning to end. A couple of really nice suspense moments in there too. Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo were excellent.

4.0
0

First I'd like to point out that RhondaS is mistaken in claiming this film is 'noir' ... it is by no means a noir film. I personally hadn't payed much attention to what Zodiac was about apart from a trailer I had seen on TV which I gatherd it was about a serial killer. My date picked the movie, my date regreted it and has informed me I'm to pick the...

3.0
0

As a San Francisco resident for 8 years, I am always fascinated by movies about this city. I remember the Zodiac killings only vaguely, as I lived in Texas at the time. This film brings that horror back to life in a gritty recreation of San Francisco 1969. This series of murders, along with the Manson Family killings in Southern California, was the...

4.0
0