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Zodiac (2007)

Released on 24 September 2007

Featuring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. & Mark Ruffalo

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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David Fincher's electrifying thriller 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.

Based on the book by Robert Graysmith.

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 A Really Good Movie But Don't Be Fooled By The Marketing

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David Fincher has earned most cinema-goers admiration and respect over the years. Having directed 'Seven' and 'Fight Club' in particular, Fincher has pretty much ensured that if he makes a film, I will go and see it as I have yet to be disappointed with anything he has been responsible for.

In many ways, Zodiac is unlike any of the other films that Fincher has directed in the past. Firstly, this is a retro-piece: the film begins in the late 1960s and the story unfolds over the next 20 years. Based on Robert Graysmith's book 'Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed', Zodiac is in equal measures part thriller and arguably part biography (of Graysmith himself). As the title of Graysmith's book suggests, the film is about the search for a mysterious killer calling himself 'Zodiac'.

What most sets this Film apart from any of Fincher's previous work, or indeed from most of today's Hollywood films, is that this is very much an ensemble drama - much more so in the vein of 'L.A. Confidential' than of the shallow 'Oceans 11'. While Graysmith is actually one of the central characters in the film - one whose spiralling obsession with unearthing the identity of Zodiac is portrayed convincingly and with some charm by Jake Gyllenhaal - there are several other characters occupying equally significant roles in Zodiac.

One such is journalist Paul Avery, played by an on-form-again Robert Downey Jr., who steals every scene in which he appears, and whose self-destructive obsession with the Zodiac case serves to foreshadow the path which Gyllenhaal's character seems determined to follow. Alongside Downey and Gyllenhaal, and trying to solve the case in an official capacity, are a host of police characters led by Detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong played by Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards (of 'E.R.' and 'Top Gun' fame) respectively.

All of the main characters are linked not only by their investigation into and search for the Zodiac killer but also by the effects on their respective lives that such a lengthy and frustrating process inevitably brings to bear. It is the playing out of this dramatic tension across the lives of the main characters which is really much more at the heart of this film than the gruesome deeds perpetrated by Zodiac himself. Consequenetly, this film is much better understood as a tense investigative drama rather than the kind of horrific thriller (in the mold of 'Seven') that the trailer hinted at.

All in all, this is an enjoyably different kind of movie than the usual fare Hollywood churns out these days. There is much more attention paid to the development of characters and the overall drama than to traditional mainstream 'action'. The result is a very refreshing change and a movie that is well worth seeing. I think the important thing is to know what you're in for ahead of time as the marketing for this movie really misrepresented what it actually is and has to offer. This is certainly one of the best and most compelling ensemble dramas that I have seen a long time with some really excellent performances. Whether you will ultimately feel satisfied by it really depends on the mindset with which you approach this movie.

 Fascinating

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Very enjoyable and intelligent film from a fanatstic director (David Fincher - Fight Club, The Game, Panic Room and Se7en) and brilliant cast. Yes the film is longish, but you have about 20 years of investigation in there, so the extra half an hour is justified. The story is Scary, Frustrating but above all very well told. Leaves you feeling sad at the end tho. Acting was first rate, Jake Gynelhall was fantastic, starting off in the background and then holding it all together, Downey was Excellent as usual, but particularly enjoyed Anthony Edward (ER) and Mark Ruffalos Performances, and Eric Roberts is turning into a very good charcter actor. Highly recommended, best to watch when you wanna be challenged a little

 Brilliant

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Now, I'm a guy who likes his films to be short and sweet. Though occasionally I do go for the long ones, if they're worth it. I didn't have much choice about watching this as me and my film fanatic friend had it for a film night (beer and all). I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised by this, it's an intricate and well made/well acted thriller that is both suspenseful and amusing at times (Robert Downy Jr supplying all the little chuckles as usual).

Though, once I learnt that this film was directed by David Fincher, I realised why it was so good. As the man has directed such masterpieces as Seven and Fight Club! The film is so detailed, with Fincher having done tons of research, the film remains as close to the real life killings and police investigation as it possibly could of. Though this is about the investigation, and the toll it takes on those involved. There are some superb performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downy Jr.

I and my friend were hooked to this film, even crying out in anger and frustration when the ps2 stopped the disc!

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves their thriller films to be long, detailed and well acted should buy this film NOW!

 Brilliant

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David Fincher is back with his second dark serial killer movie, his first was the classic Se7en. It's a well crafted and gripping movie that focuses on the main characters' obsession with capturing the Zodiac killer. The acting is superb from Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr and the direction is brilliant.
Zodiac is one of the most Intelligent movies I've seen in years and Fincher proves once again that he is one of the best directors around. I highly recommend this movie.

 A CLASSIC THRILLER !

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This is one of David Finchers best movies and is as good as SEVEN and FIGHT CLUB ! This film reminds me of the classic 70's thriller ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN. This film centers around the investigation of the Zodiac killer and not so much on the actual murders, so if you want a stalk and slash film ,this is not for you. The recreation of the facts is breath taking, and the amount of information the viewer has to take in about the facts and suspects is staggering ! The film spans a massive 25 years of the investigation, and leaves no stone unturned. All the actors are outstanding, and Director Fincher is one of the best directors of the past 20 years. The only reservation about buying this disc is that a Directors Cut is going to be released in 2008, so it's depends on how much you like this film to invest in this version or wait for the Directors cut. If your a massive fan like me, you will buy both. A Superb thriller, and one of the best films of the year !

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ActorsJake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Jules Bruff, Clea DuVall, Brian Cox, Adam Goldberg, John Getz, Elias Koteas, Barry Livingston, Donal Logue, Dermot Mulroney, Chloë Sevigny & Ione Skye
DirectorDavid Fincher
Certificate12 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 2.40:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesItalian
SubtitlesArabic ; Danish ; English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; Italian ; Italian for the hearing impaired ; Norwegian ; Swedish
Duration2 Hours and 31 Minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.