Zodiac (2007)

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For those too young to remember, the Zodiac  serial killer operated in San Francisco in the late 60s and early 70s, and was never caught. This movie is based on journalist Robert Graysmith’s book, and concentrates on the effects of the case on Graysmith and his colleagues as well as the SFPD police.

It comes to a fairly definite conclusion given the less-than-conclusive real-life story, and as usual Fincher packs an enormous amount of detail in. Jake Gyllenhaal is OK as the younger Graysmith but doesn’t really convince when he’s older, Robert Downey is unsurprisingly very convincing as his drunk colleague, and Mark Ruffalo turns in another fine performance as  the lead cop. And there’s an excellent understated supporting performance from Anthony Edwards, and an oddly excessive use of yellow in the colour palette.

(Make sure you get this movie and not ‘The Zodiac’, a TV movie on the same subject from 2005, which is OK but not a patch on Fincher’s effort)

Mild Peril Rating: ★★★½☆

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