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Zodiac

Release Date: March 2, 2007

Jake is still hoping to steal the Spider-Man role from Tobey.

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4/22 Amanda Jones A weak performance by Gyllenhaal sullied what was otherwise a truly great film.
6/50 Michael Bentley A tad too long, and Chloe Sevigny's character is weak, but top-notch besides that. A great examination of a perplexing case.
15/94 Shane Jenkins Fincher's saga is long and pretty lacking in action. To his credit, it's still mesmerizing stuff, and feels authentic.
19/48 Kim Hollis An excellent script and strong performances make this one of the better films of the year.
19/46 Les Winan Not for fans of Michael Bay-esque editing. It's a fantastic, layered and well-made film.
22/214 Max Braden Interesting, but very long at over two and a half hours. Some great, tense scenes when the suspects are being questioned.

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Based on two non-fiction books by Robert Graysmith, Zodiac will center on the story of the infamous serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco bay area during the late 1960s and '70s. People have been fascinated by this true crime story for years, as the creepy gunman in an executioner's hood made people afraid to be alone on the streets during his horrible reign.

As part of his M.O., the Zodiac killer sent letters to the police, taunting them for their ineptitude. Additionally, he sent letters to newspapers and left other puzzling clues, including cryptograms. As he committed his 37 or more murders, the killer made sure that his story went on in perpetuity by documenting much of what he did, focusing particularly on the San Francisco Chronicle. The case remains unsolved to this day, but Graysmith, who was a Chronicle staff member at the time the murders were taking place, has investigated the case from the beginning and knows more about it than anyone save the killer himself.

David Fincher will direct the film adaptation, which will primarily focus on the reporters, police investigators and attorneys who became involved in the mystery. Jake Gyllenhaal will portray Graysmith, while Mark Ruffalo will play the man who was the lead investigator on the case. Other stars include Robert Downey Jr., whose character is a reporter, and Gary Oldman, who plays an attorney who himself received a Christmas letter from the killer that posited that there may be more deaths to come. (Kim Hollis/BOP)


Vital statistics for Zodiac
Main Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.
Supporting Cast Anthony Edwards, Gary Oldman, Chloe Sevigny
Director David Fincher
Screenwriter Jamie Vanderbilt
Distributor Paramount
Rating R
Screen Count 2,362
Awards Awards page for Zodiac
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture


     


 
 

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