Director: David Fincher
Release Date (U.S.): 2 March 2007
MPAA: Restricted for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images.
Plot: Based off of an actual case in California, a person who takes the nomenclature of “Zodiac” takes part in various, apparently “random” homicides, leaving the officials – as well as a newspaper cartoonist – to capture him.
Review: The first selling point for this movie before I actually went to go see it was that there was a cipher commonly shown in its commercials. No thanks to a certain friend of mine who I must congratulate for getting into the U.S. Air Force Academy, I became a bit… attracted to codes lately (hence the code on the Splash Page). However, I was a bit disappointed. It really played a miniscule part in the movie, and did not carry through the entire movie.
Nevertheless, the plot itself was quite well kept. I have yet to read up on the actual Zodiac murders of the 1970’s, but after this I will likely look it up. There were plenty of twists to keep viewers guessing – an essential part of mysteries. The cinematography was also well done.
A few issues in the movie though. With all the red herrings, I would have liked it if the movie were slightly more condensed. Each time I thought they found the guy, it turned out it wasn’t. If this happened once or twice, I’m more than likely to say it was a good plot device, but seeing as it was done more than that, less time should have been focused. It was too long drawn. However, to make up for the over-extended suspense, there were some light-aired parts (“Are you some kind of Boy Scout?” “Eagle Scout, actually. First Class.”).
All in all, if you have the time to devote to watching a two hour and forty minute movie, this is a must watch.