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Zodiac (2007)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  2 March 2007 (USA)
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A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

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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. Written by tom day

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Rated R for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images | See all certifications »

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2 March 2007 (USA)  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£818,369 (UK) (18 May 2007)

Gross:

£3,440,289 (UK) (22 June 2007)
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After Zodiac's bus threat is released to the public, Robert is discussing "The Water Theory" in regards to how Zodiac chooses his victims (Lake Berryessa, Blue Rock Springs, Washington & Cherry.) The film's palette makes the color blue very prevalent in most of the scenes. Some examples include:
  • Zodiac's letters are written in blue ink. The first is read by the editor who is wearing a blue shirt.


  • When reading the decoded cypher, thus introducing Avery and Graysmith to each other, they are both wearing blue shirts.


  • Robert is wearing a blue shirt in every scene he's in.


  • In Morti's Graysmith introduces to Paul Avery a blue drink called an Aqua Velva. In the following shot with the multiple empty glasses the song "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James & The Shondells.


  • Melvin Belli's suit is navy with a light blue shirt.


  • The woman who pulls over to help a Zodiac victim is wearing a blue jacket.


  • Dave Toschi's suit is light blue when reading Zodiac's Halloween card.


  • Paul Avery's shirt on the plane is blue.


  • Arthur Leigh Allen's work coveralls are dark blue.


  • When Robert is on the phone while his kids are going over his files, the shirt he wears and the phone are both blue.


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Goofs

When Inspector Toschi hands Arthur Leigh Allen's watch to Inspector Armstrong, the time jumps ahead about 2 minutes instantly. Also during the hand-off, the bezel rotated about 40 seconds counter-clockwise, as shown by the black indicator marking. See more »

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[first lines]
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Sky Pilot
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"This is the Zodiac speaking..."
2 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been highly interested and engrossed in the Zodiac killer story for the last 5 years now and I can say, without doubt, that this is the best and most accurate telling of the story. The film presents numerous details that were unknown to me before seeing it. All of these facts and theories are thrown together in a way that strings the viewer along, you think it's someone, then you get new information and that person is no longer a suspect. Fincher really puts you into the life of a detective working on the case. You feel just as excited when new information comes about and are equally disappointed when it leads to another dead end.

The film is beautifully shot (on VIPER digital cameras) and once again, Fincher shows us his wonderfully adept skills with CGI shots. All of the actors shine and truly become their characters. Jake Gyllenhall and Robert Downey Jr. put in excellent performances, as does Mark Ruffalo. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Phillip Baker Hall join the ensemble.

The only complaint I have heard that holds any water is that the film is too long. At roughly 2 1/2 hours, I can see how many would think that is long, but you have to realize that this is an intricate story with deep characters who need to be examined and understood. A standard 90 minute film, or even a two hour cut, would not have been able to tell the story as well. Character motivation and important details would have been left on the cutting room floor.

If you have followed the Zodiac case, you will be happy to see how well done this movie is. If you don't know anything about the case, you will be given an excellent story that will make you want to learn more about it. Regardless, you should do yourself a favor and see this movie. If nothing else, it's better than "Wild Hogs".


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