Zodiac (2007)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.


Movie Info

As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

Rating: R (for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James Vanderbilt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2007
Box Office: $33.0M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Robert Graysmith

as Insp. David Toschi

as Insp. William Armstr...

as Melvin Belli

as Arthur Leigh Allen

as Zodiac No. 1 & 2

as Zodiac No.3

as Zodiac No.4

as Al Hyman

as Templeton Peck

as Charles Theiriot

as Sgt. Jack Mulanax

as Carol Fisher

as Jim Dunbar

as Melvin Belli's House...

as Insp. Kracke

as Mel Nicolai

as Bob Vaughn

as Linda Ferrin

as Sandy Panzarella

as Detective No.1

as Mrs. Toschi

as Copy Editor No.1

as Ken Narlow

as Darlene Ferrin

as Bryan Hartnell

as Cecelia Shepherd

as Sherwood Morrill

as Riverside Captain

as John Allen

as Catherine Allen

as Terry Pascoe

as Police Commissioner

as Duffy Jennings

as Off. George Bawart

as Mulanax's Secretary

as Man on Marquee

as Capt. Marty Lee

as Young Mike Mageau

as Cabbie Paul Stine

as Lab Tech Dagitz

as Older Mike Mageau

as Copy Editor No.3

as Copy Editor No.4
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Critic Reviews for Zodiac

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (56)

There are no tidy, last-minute plot twists to make you feel good in Fincher's Zodiac, just focus -- to keep an audience focused -- and the most disciplined filmmaking you've seen in forever.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

[W]here Se7en, with its stygian gloom and theatrical executions, inflated the serial killer genre to gothic proportions, Zodiac lets the air back out. It is methodical rather than macabre, clinical rather than cruel.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

Fincher, more subdued ... and aching for a return to smart suspense films from the likes of Sidney Lumet and Alan J. Pakula, pulls us by the collar into the frame and cranks the sense of menace taut without cheap tricks or cop-out gimmicks.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Film.com
Top Critic

Among a plethora of skillful thrillers about repeat offenders in the realm of mass murder, David Fincher's wonderful film has easily become the benchmark of the modern era.

Full Review… | June 19, 2015
Cinemaphile.org

Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

A complex crime drama that limits its action, opting to save it for the times that bring the greatest impact.

Full Review… | December 23, 2010

Audience Reviews for Zodiac

I stayed up REAL late watching the DVD and I almost never do that. Couldn't turn it off. In the end, sure, a bit of a shaggy dog story but I didn't mind.

Quibble - they might have explained the Melvin Belli character a bit more. I got that he was some celebrity lawyer but I didn't think it was set up well.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

A weird trend in films emerged during this time that dealt in unsolved crimes, conspiracies, and murder ("The Black Dahlia," "Hollywoodland," etc.). Of these films, the only one that was ever taken seriously was David Fincher's "Zodiac". The film deals in the murders perpetrated by the self-named Zodiac Killer, as he terrorizes citizens in San Francisco, and sends letters to the Chronicle. His letters get the attention of a reporter (Downey Jr.) who starts to unravel, and a cartoonist (Gyllenhaal) who tries to solve the crime as a way to avenge his friend. What sets this film apart from the others is its adept handling of the historical facts that make up the mystery of the Zodiac. Though the mystery has never been solved, and probably never will be, its best suspect is followed throughout the bulk of the film. The ending, though not concrete in its assertions, leaves you feeling satisfied. Many of the more thrilling scenes are handled expertly by Fincher: when the Zodiac kills his first victims, when he corners some kids at the beach, when Gyllenhaal suspects the man leading him into the basement might be the actual killer. Every one of these scenes leaves you feeling frightened and tense, making this one of the more interesting and horrifying films to deal with real life crime. Some of the actual facts and theories that the cartoonist follows, become confusing, as Gyllenhaal's character leaps from suspect to suspect, trying to piece together the facts of these crimes while also adhering to fingerprinting and handwriting samples that often don't match his suspects'. This film is an amazing chapter in the investigation of the Zodiac, and hopefully, one day, will find its addendum and be solved.

FrizzDrop
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

Excellent drama.

CreedsDelight
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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