DVD Review: Zodiac

A symbol used as a logo by the Zodiac Killer.Image via Wikipedia

Hey all!

Yes, Zodiac came out last year, but I just got around to watching it on DVD. 🙂 (Here‘s the IMDB link.)

For those of you who don’t know, Zodiac came out in 2007 to great acclaim, based on the exploits of a cryptic killer in the 1960s and 70s. The Zodiac claimed the lives of several people in and around San Francisco, leaving clues about his crimes in the newspapers.


David Fincher had a gripping story and an amazing cast, focusing on Jake Gyllenhaal in the role of Robert Graysmith, the writer of the best selling crime book about the Zodiac killer.

The cast included:

  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Chloe Sevigny
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Brian Cox
  • John Carroll Lynch
  • and many  more

I was amazed at how quickly this movie grabbed me. And even at 158 minutes long (ack! more than 2.5 hours), it held my attention all the way to the end.

Gyllenhaal did an amazing job in the role as Graysmith. He started out an innocent cartoonist working for the paper. But you could see his slow decline over the course of the movie as his obsession with the Zodiac killer grew worse and worse, to the point where his wife and children left him.

And Downey Jr. as per usual brings a smile to even the darkest character. Newspaper reporter Paul Avery wasn’t the most likeable fellow, but Downey Jr. managed to make him human. Even in his drunk depravity, you had to appreciate his flipping his boss the finger at one point and the guts it took to go one on one tracking this alleged killer.

But beyond those two, it was Anthony Edwards and Mark Ruffalo who gave great performances as the two cops at the heart of the investigation. It took its toll on them as well, eventually forcing one into retirement and the other to being investigated by Internal Affairs.

David Fincher continues to do a great job of building suspense and pulling you into the action. I look forward to seeing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button later this year, and it’s been announced that he’s involved with an adaptation of Arthur C Clark’s Rendevous with Rama (classic sci-fi), so I’ll be curious to see what he does with that.

This was a surprise. I really didn’t expect to get sucked into it so quickly, but was waiting on the edge of my seat to see what happened next. It gets a solid 4 out of 4 for me.

If you’re looking for a good suspense/crime/thriller movie — this is a good one. 🙂

Until next time… Go see a movie!


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