Review: Zodiac (2007)

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“I… I need to stand there, I need to look him in the eye and I need to know that it’s him.”
– Robert Graysmith

SYNOPSIS: 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. – via IMDB


GRADE 10This movie is absolutely brilliant. I loved it when it came out, I loved it in subsequent rewatches, and I still love it. Why? Because it is put together extremely well, the cast carrying this show is fantastic, and it looks amazing. There is really just too much to love about this and not anything to seriously complain about.

Jake Gyllenhaal never disappoints (seriously bestie, you must watch more of his work) and his Robert Graysmith is really interesting to watch, like a dog with a bone. Robert Downey Jr. is excellent as prick crime reporter Paul Avery, and showcases how he really has more talent than just Tony Stark/Iron Man. I really miss when he used to take real other roles. The final big player here is Mark Ruffalo, and I always enjoy watching the man in anything. His detective character David Toschi is also a big draw, and I really like how these three characters each had their own obsession, they all danced around one another, were all similar but completely different. I think the movie really runs home the point of obsession, and how it interacts with everyday life, which is very interesting. Not only that, the movie is obviously shot phenomenally because, well, David Fincher.

The script it also tight, laying out all the pieces of evidence you need in the case of the terrifying Zodiac killer, who freaked people out beyond anything, even though he was never caught. I think that Robert Graysmith did a great job of investigating and seriously has the strongest case stacked against Arthur Leigh Allen. Zodiac is engrossing and mesmerising and demands your attention throughout, and barrels along at such a pace that you are not left behind, but are gripped, and does not allow your attention to wander for even a moment.

You cannot miss that immense amounts of work, interest and passions that went into the film, everything from costume design to the sets that were done, and reading up on the trivia for it, all this is confirmed. I have not read Graysmith’s book, but I will most certainly be looking into it as soon as possible. If you have not seen Zodiac, it is high time you rectify that.

20 thoughts on “Review: Zodiac (2007)

    1. Kindest Kidney,

      Maybe this will be another movie that showcases to you how good Gyllenhaal can be (Donnie Darko!!!!!). The other two were great, too, and you will certainly like them!

      We will have to see how this goes down.

      All my best,

      Vestie Bkushi


    1. Hey Allie! Thank you! Never mind that you only recently watched it, at least you have and you had a ball with it, which is the most important 😛 This movie really is brilliant!


    1. Thanks a lot Rob! I read that quite a few people didn’t like it upon first viewing, but warmed to it later. Would love to hear your thoughts on it to see if anything changes!

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      1. I’m gonna give it another try too. I’ve seen it two or three times, I’m not sure and I still don’t like it that much and I adore Gyllenhaal and enjoy watching RDJ and Ruffalo working AND I’m a big fan of Fincher’s work.

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      2. LOL with that whole list, you would have thought you would have liked this more. Maybe you will after another rewatch, maybe this just isn’t your cup of tea, despite having all the ingredients you enjoy 🙂


  1. I think this is a great movie that explores the Zodiac case very well. Although I find some actors involved in this a bit annoying, I still consider the movie one of the most thought-provoking I’ve seen.

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  2. I have a lot of time for this movie. It presents the case clearly without being too dark like Seven. The ending, in the cafe, is suitably creepy. Do wish it had more of a concrete ending though.

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    1. It really puts itself together wonderfully and clearly lines out all that happened and what they have to work with. The ending was great for me, considering they never really got to close it off officially. But I get that feeling of wishing for more closure.


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