Awakening the Zodiac

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In 1968, one of the deadliest serial killers in U.S. history disappeared without a trace. His identity and cryptic messages remained unsolved for decades...until now. After a fortune seeking couple uncover a forty-year-old film reel depicting two gruesome murders taken by the killer himself, they set out to solve the mystery and claim the $100,000 reward. But the situation quickly changes, as the hunters become the hunted.

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Critic Reviews for Awakening the Zodiac

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

  • Its pedestrian execution and the general sense that you're watching a facsimile of something so much better is overwhelming - meaning it's beyond underwhelming.

    Jun 9, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • True-crime obsessives may be disappointed that most of this film is fiction; but fans of grubby B-pictures should appreciate how assured the movie is.

    Jun 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Scant action arrives until the last half hour, and then it's frequently preposterous; with minor fine-tuning, some climactic peril here might easily play as slapstick.

    Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • Awakening the Zodiac might be interesting to check out as late-night TV fare, but the overall film will make you want to seek out other representations of the Zodiac Killer...

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While admittedly atmospheric and stylishly made, the picture does have some problems generating the kind of chills it clearly wants to elicit.

    Jun 11, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Increased stupidity at the end aside, it's more often than not a tight and effective little thriller offering a strong script, solid performances, and some creepy beats.

    Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Awakening the Zodiac

  • Aug 27, 2017
    Despite both lead characters being completely unlikable, Awakening the Zodiac is actually better than I was expecting. Certainly less horror, more investigative thriller, is a serviceable theoretical followup to the real-life Zodiac killings. Could probably have used a little more excitement or a lot more logical action though.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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