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David Fincher, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. | Theatrical release: 2007 | Rating: R (MPAA)
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David Fincher's (FIGHT CLUB, SE7EN) adaptation of the Robert Graysmith book masterfully transports viewers to the Bay Area in the 1960s and '70s by drawing on actual case files from the notoriously unsolved Zodiac killer mystery. As a murderer with seemingly random targets starts sending terrifying threats and cryptic codes to police and publishers all around San Francisco, fear and paranoia descend on the city. Through slow pacing, Fincher creates an effectively chilling atmosphere in which he spins a thick web of character-driven plotlines. Early scenes depicting the Zodiac's first-known murders vividly capture the victim's fear and agony and will leave viewers haunted. When the Zodiac's ciphers arrive at the San Francisco Chronicle, they spark the interest of Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), a young cartoonist with a penchant for puzzles. As the former Boy Scout earnestly tries to decode the messages, eccentric reporter Paul Avery approaches the case from a career-boosting angle. Meanwhile, a string of investigators from four jurisdictions carry on a complex and unsatisfying search for the elusive killer. Inspectors Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) and Bill Armstrong (Anthony Edwards) at times collide with Avery and Graysmith, whose interest in the case extends long after most have given up. Even at two-and-a-half hours in length, this dense murder mystery should manage to keep its audience riveted throughout. Paired with stellar performances from Ruffalo, Downey, Gyllenhaal, and countless others, a clever script produces well-developed characters, and the film's art direction, music, and costumes all combine to create an authentic sense of time and place. The somber tone of the atmospheric thriller gives the film a documentary-like aesthetic at times, lending weight to the story's facts while never relying on cheap tricks. Unlike murder mysteries such as THE BLACK DAHLIA, ZODIAC invites viewers to develop theories of their own, allowing them to come to their own conclusions.

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  • Edition: Widescreen
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 097363460145

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD
Display Format:Widescreen

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Editorial reviews

"[M]agnificently obsessive....[A] testament to the cinematic savant's gifts....[The actors are] all at the top of their performance game..."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (03/09/2007)

"[A] vastly intricate and dazzling drama....It spins your head in a new way, luring you into a vortex and then deeper still, fascinating as much for what we don't know as what we do." -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (03/16/2007)

"Conveying an astonishing array of information across a long narrative arc while still maintaining dramatic rhythm and tension....David Fincher's most mature and accomplished work."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (02/23/2007)

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] meticulous, mind-bending, nonstop mesmerizer of a movie....Something unique and unmissable."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (03/22/2007)

"[With] arresting performances...and the visual virtuosity of thriller auteur David Fincher."
Box Office - Annlee Ellingson (04/01/2007)

"[ZODIAC] potently blends the dynamics of the newsroom drama with those of the police procedural."
Sight and Sound - Graham Fuller (06/01/2007)

5 stars out of 5 -- "ZODIAC is a taut, exceptionally well-executed crime thriller that makes detailed use of its source material..."
Ultimate DVD - Nikki Baughan (06/01/2007)

4 stars out of 5 -- "Complementing cinematic sizzle is supreme ensemble acting, starting with Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo."
USA Today - Mike Clark (07/27/2007)

5 stars out of 5 -- "The high-def digital camerawork is stunning and there are sublime shots that herald Fincher as one of the most technically accomplished directors alive."
Total Film - Jamie Russell (10/01/2007)

4 stars out of 5 -- "[The actors] are brilliant, with Downey turning in a performance of elegant dissolution worthy of the great O'Toole."
Uncut - Allan Jones (11/01/2007)

"[B]oth the year's headiest and most pleasurable movie."
Film Comment - Amy Taubin (01/01/2008)

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Created: 05/28/07

Finally; A Perfectly Done Release Of The True Story !!

Review For: Zodiac (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)

"Zodiac" is a terrific thriller! It reinvents one of the most overused subgenre in all of American Cinema, the serial-killer. It does so not through overly obvious technique or even radical story innovations; but through subtle adjustments in perspective. Shifting the focus from the serial killer's methods and moral impulses (the approach taken by "Saw", "Se7en", etc.) and toward the tools used by reporters and cops tracking the murderer.
This moves "Zodiac" evolves another familiar genre; Police Procedure. Yet Fincher and screenwriter James Vanderbilt show so much disregard for Cop Movie conventions that their film ends up having more in common with "All the President's Men" than "Dirty Harry" — (even though "Dirty Harry" was based on the real 'Zodiac' case.)
The "Zodiac" Case made national headlines, partly due to the elusiveness of the killer and partly thanks to his method of making himself famous. Starting in 1969, the "Zodiac" wrote letters to San Francisco newspapers detailing his crimes, which consisted of random murders of apparently unconnected victims. The newspaper coverage made him famous, and inspired one of the case's most persistent investigators: Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who became so obsessed with the case that he let it decimate his marriage while he followed leads for years. Graysmith's amateur sleuthing is just one thread of the story.
Fincher's drama follows not only the cartoonist but also crime reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.), and Cops Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) and William Armstrong (Anthony Edwards). All four of these characters' stories intersect at various points in the film; but they also inspire subplots of their own that accumulate to create a vivid tapestry of 1970's America. Like the best of Scorsese, "Zodiac" succeeds both as a sweeping pop epic and an intimate character study. Even peripheral characters, such as a man who escapes the "Zodiac's" clutches, or a creepy movie nut who may have a link to the killer, have fully realized personas — they're better defined than the leads in most movies. And the leads here are riveting.
The Ruffalo, Downey, and Gyllenhaal characters are all strong enough to carry their own films, but joining their stories allows Fincher to make one of the best movies ever made about the ambivalent relationship between Law Enforcement and the Press.
"Zodiac" concentrates primarily on Graysmith's investigation, moving back and forth between storylines with great ease and clarity. The elegant story construction and Fincher's visual flair keep it from ever becoming static.
The movie is aggressively realistic, abandoning the logical, interlocking structure of most murder mysteries for a plot in which clues contradict each other, fail to connect, and sometimes just get forgotten about in the chaos that is Police Work.
If there's a dominant emotion; it's frustration; characters continually get close to the "Zodiac" killer, only to see the case evaporate before their eyes. "Zodiac" therefore becomes a film about smart, competent men failing — a topic that would have been somewhat acceptable in a prior era; yet feels almost revolutionary in 2007 Hollywood. Fincher manages to convey that sensibility, while placing it in the context of a compelling and fast-paced piece of entertainment.
2007: Zodiac Case to date...."UNSOLVED"
SEE THIS !!!! Won't disappoint !!!!

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Created: 05/03/09

Christopher Lee Rhyne Review 132

Zodiac DVD starts killing of couple teens. San Francisco investigators start hunting for the killer. Clues offer nothing but ciphers and letters, those letter codes are left by the killer by using both hands to throw off cops. Long ahead start breaking down four cops, sexual images, drugs, killing extremes & language should be your first clue that this isn't a film for young child viewers.

Jake Gyllenhaal----- Mark Ruffalo----- Robert Downey, Jr.----- Anthony Edwards----- Brian Cox----- Elias Koteas----- Donal Logue----- John Carroll Lynch----- Dermot Mulroney.

Zodiac killer uses cat & mouse game with investigators leaving unparallel exposure to everyone. Zodiac Killer is anonymous, silent and intelligent, he never left weapons, finger prints or clues to his engagement to all pure evil killings. Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.), Mark Ruffalo (Toschi) are struck on the complexity with quick killings to come.

This films unclear plots, 9 mm Luger, catch me if you can, behavioral profiling, 1969 San Francisco, serial killer stalker, prolific details all come in place on films adaptation.

Zodiac's slow pickup middle rated 4****. Full screen, color, 100 minute DVD.

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Created: 06/16/10

Zodiac Director's Cut

This movie is great for the true crime buff. This movie is as engaging as Graysmith's books. There are some very very scary scenes as well. It really tells the story of the Zodiac killer's reign of terror in various parts of California in a connect the dots, well executed way. One of the major problems in solving the murders of the Zodiac is that there are so many police departments and jurisdictions involved. The different counties' levels of cooperation is uneasy at best. A lot of the evidence is hearsay or circumstantial and they keep running into dead ends. If you are familiar with the "feel" of the early days of San Francisco in the 1960's through about the 1970's and 1980's or so you will surely be impressed with the beautiful San Francisco photography, street layouts, sets that don't look like sets, costuming and etc. You really get the whole 9 yards with this movie! Terrific! The documentary style interviews with the actual people involved at the time really puts things into perspective and is what the 2007 version of this movie is lacking. This is not a children's movie. Many of the scenes are disturbing and there is a vicious level of violence involved.

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Created: 01/25/09

"Persistence Exemplified"

Review For: Zodiac (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)

This film features excellent performances by Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Paul Downey, Jr. and the beguiling Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is two and a half hours long, but the pacing is first-rate, the dialogue crisp and cogent, the few moments of violence appropriately graphic and unsettling.

There was another film made around the same time on the same topic. This one is far better.

The story attests most of all to the tenacity of one character who will not throw in the towel on this mystery fter everyone else has moved on.

It is based on a true and brutal story.

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Created: 07/21/09

Zodiac (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)

Review For: Zodiac (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people.

This was a great movie well worth the money....Keeps you on the edgr of your seat......A must for your DVD colection....
{Mrs puman}

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