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Review: Zodiac (2007)

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Can David Fincher do wrong? While I talk a lot about Christopher Nolan and his successes, it seems like every time David Fincher makes a new movie, it is incredible. Think about it; his first big hit Se7en was a great debut and then continued the streak with Fight Club, Benjamin Button and The Social Network. So why not delve into what I haven’t seen yet?

Zodiac is the real life story of the Zodiac serial killer phenomenon that occurred in the Bay Area in the 70’s. The story mostly centers on the perspective of newspaper cartoonist Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), and his change from casual observer to a man obsessed with finding the murderer. Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo are also there to guide Graysmith on his mission.

The only problem I had, for real, the only problem I have with Zodiac is the length. But even that just fits in and gives you the sense of exhaustion that this long unsolved mystery has given those involved. This brooding, sometimes slow-paced story of a murderer is not my usual cup of tea, but I can appreciate the piece of work that is Zodiac. I’ve always been a big Gyllenhaal fan, and this only reinforces it. And although it doesn’t have the closing you’d want it to have, you do have the sense of closure. Zodiac isn’t exactly one of my favorites, but it is another instant Fincher classic.

My Rating: B+

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