Zodiac Review

Zodiac Review

Briefly:

This is a slightly modified story about a real case from the 1970s. A serial killer annoys the San Francisco police with non-stop letters and cryptic messages, and the case becomes obsessed with the investigators and reporters who are persistent in their search for the killer. The film is based on the book by Robert Graysmith and tells the story of the lives and careers of the detectives and journalists involved in this famous case.

Zodiac Review Zodiac (2007) on IMDb

R
2h 37min
Crime, Drama, Mystery
2007

Technicality - 8/10

Story - 9/10

Characters - 9/10

Zodiac Review

Description: This is a slightly modified story about a real case from the 1970s. A serial killer annoys the San Francisco police with non-stop letters and cryptic messages, and the case becomes obsessed with the investigators and reporters who are persistent in their search for the killer. The film is based on the book by Robert Graysmith and tells the story of the lives and careers of the detectives and journalists involved in this famous case.

This movie is brutal, really brutal, and will leave you with a pretty "shitty" feeling after watching it. Well, "I'm kidding" only in a good way, because the film conveys the powerlessness of the law. Every new detail, every scene is simply imbued with tension and mysticism, which sometimes creates an "unearthly" atmosphere, as if you could not believe that it happened in reality. For a moment, the Zodiac killer can seem like a mystical creature that you can't stop even if you want to. But I wouldn't say that the movie is all about the Zodiac killer. It's a bit more, from the perspective of the police, the public, and journalists. So this is not such a "pile of shit" as Dhamer or other serials that glorify killers, Zodiak is a solid examination of brutal events.

In reality, this movie is watchable just because of the ensemble of super actors. Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, all of them are able to perfectly convey the real people who worked on this case. Zodiak is able to move almost perfectly from mysticism and brutality to tension scenes that even tighten the "buttocks". And I'm very serious, several places in this movie will give you very strange feelings, those feelings that will make you want to throw the screen out the window and go to confession. But seriously, Zodiak shows from the very beginning how strongly this film will convey cruel things and human emotions.

The correspondence to the reality itself is a debatable question, but this is an interpretation and not a documentary, so one or another deviations are normal. If you know about this case, I think you will understand how plus or minus everything will end and why for some it may feel like the story has no end. Although this is the idea, unfortunately this is how the real world works. However, I fully understand how you would like to have a more "glued together" ending after a two-hour movie. It's really hard to stick to anything, maybe a few scenes could have been shortened, but this is one of the most brutal and realistic movies about serial killers.

Overall - 9/10
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