The Zodiac (2005)
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A determined California detective attempts to crack one of the most mysterious cases in modern crime as the tale of the fearsome Zodiac Killer comes to the screen in director Alexander Bulkley's cinematic account of the crimes that rocked San Francisco's Bay Area from December 1968 to October of the following year. As the citizens of the small California town of Vallejo prepare for their holiday celebrations, the discovery that two teens have been viciously gunned down at a remote lover's lane
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Philip Baker Hall
Chief Frank Perkins
George Maguire (II)
Brad William Henke
Shelby Alexis Irey
Ian Scott McGregor
A. Donald Cross
Peter Van Shaik
S.F. Police Officer
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It has the look of a straight-to-video movie, or at best a Project Greenlight production.
The would-be psychological thriller devolves into a plodding domestic drama.
Have the screenwriters ever studied the concept of arc, how characters evolve from opening to closing credits?
Treats the unfolding murder spree like a routine police procedural.
I hate to waste my time seeing what I know is an incomplete work. Good filmmaking and story telling, though.
Whether you're a true-crime buff or just an average cinephile who enjoys a well-crafted film, you'll find something to like about Zodiac.
The Zodiac case receded into limbo, and Bulkley's film ends on an inconclusive and profoundly unsatisfying note.
It's two, maybe three different takes on the same subject duking it out for airtime, and the resulting struggle only leads to boredom.
Though The Zodiac is filled with a strong premise and taut atmosphere, Bulkley hardly ever gives us a reason to care for Johnny or Laura.
A B-movie with just enough heft and factual accuracy to lull us into taking it seriously.
Bulkley juxtaposes the benign ordinariness of Vallejo with the savagery of the crime, the wholesome landscape standing in sharp contrast to what happens when no one is looking.
It's a barely serviceable police procedural that has a harder time locating persuasive drama than its detectives do tracking down their man.
A less-than stable script and some questionable performances keep it firmly in the realm of direct-to-DVD fodder.
Bulkley shows flashes of virtuosity... but for now, we'll just have to look at this film as a stepping stone in what could be a promising career.
The Bulk(e)ly brothers repeat The Zodiac's famous quotation "I am waiting for a good movie about me" with an ironic lack of self-reflection.
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