Awakening the Zodiac Reviews
I was gonna go through the parts of the movie that helped me come to this point of writing a review but there's just too much that was disappointing to me about this movie. It could have been so much better. I mean, you have one of the most if not the MOST terrifying crimes of our day, not to mention a crime that has never been solved. To me, that makes it even more terrifying and absolutely perfect for a "real" HORROR movie.
This film just seemed like it was made in a rush and to me it showed in the final product.
The real life, unsolved Bay Area Zodiac killer case gets a fictional exhumation four decades after the murderous spree, when a trio of junk collectors stumble upon canisters of incriminating film. This clever retro take on the YouTube crime clip phenomena presents our innocents with a chance at a $100,000 reward. And we're off.
For the most part, this is a terrifyingly terrific movie, full of creepy, shadowy scenes, hair-raising tension and clever comedic quips. Our trio of trailer trash Sherlocks are very engaging as they stagger into a complicated and dangerous world, not so much for possible riches, but also for adventure. Taunting cryptogram clues, a sinister hood, and creepy voice messages; the Zodiac put the "K" in killer.
Great stuff, but it is almost ruined with a messy, straight forward, by the numbers, uninspiring climax. Which in turn is then inexplicably thrown under the bus with an attempt at an open ended, confusing conclusion. It really does suffer from a proper wrap. "Awakening The Zodiac" needs a rewrite tweak focusing more on mystery than monster. Still a pretty good thrill ride.