Zodiac

Zodiac

DVD - 2007
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A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. The four men most affected by the killer are San Francisco PD Homicide detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong, and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith. Displays the psychological and emotional effects of the killings, as well as the endless procedural details of the investigation (handwriting experts, the "2500" suspects), the letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by Zodiac and the work of a 20+ year investigation that wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith. Both men are obsessed with Zodiac and both pay for this obsession with the hard years and loves lost and never regained.

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saw this on chestnut street. the personalities of the actors in this movie enlivened what must have been a dreary reality for those actually involved. so...the movie was entertaining beyond its merit as a whodunnit; at which, i believe, it failed. if you want details of what is behind this assertion of mine, read the book. the case made against the gentleman from the north bay would not have held up in court, hell, they did not even arrest him. then he died. isn't it easier for those who do so to make a case against a dead man? and, as a side benefit, doesn't doing this reassure most of the public. everybody wins, except for the dead suspect's reputation. next time you see a Jehovah's witness outside your library branch, ask them their expert opinion: does it bother anyone in the hereafter, to be slandered and libeled?

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Annieoywong
Oct 02, 2017

It is based on the true story, a very entertaining and intense film.

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therhiannamater
May 10, 2017

In typical David Fincher fashion, this film is a masterpiece, taking a true story with an epic cast and a plot that's an engaging as it is horrifying.

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Maoisdead
Feb 02, 2017

Really strong film about the hunt for the San Francisco " Zodiak Killer "- strong performances all around.

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Triple_X_Rex
Jan 23, 2017

Awful.

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2016

Voted at number 12 of BBC's list of "100 greatest films of the 21st Century," see link in Summary. Watched this eons ago and relatively tame versus current films of true crime murder mystery. Nonetheless, a unique historic local serial killer story around San Francisco during its time.

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johnnybookreader
Feb 06, 2015

I remember the Zodiac killer and thought this movie brought the feeling of the times back well. Now I want to read the book!

btmslt Aug 27, 2013

An interesting and intense film.

kevfarley Oct 11, 2012

Taught, well-acted, facinating ! ,.. although it does get to seem overlong.
"Based on a true story" means not trimed for conventional plot devices, ..or a comforting ending.
P.S. Kev's PICkS: If you like "Zodiac" ,.. check out the evin better .."The Killing Fields".

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Andreinac13
Jun 08, 2012

I liked it!
It was really entertaining. Jake Gyllenhall is great. So is Robert Downey Jr. 's. Great mistery!

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2016

People called up radio talk show (KGO's Jim Dunbar?) Part 1 of 2:
Vic in San Francisco, you're on the line. You're not scared of the Zodiac?
-Heck no, he's only shooting those farm kids. What scares me is those hippies out in the Haight with their free love and weird clothes.
We've got Alfred from Vacaville.
-You know, I think that was really offensive. It's not just farm kids. These are nice, clean-cut young people.
Hey, nobody's downplaying the loss of human life here, Alfred.

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2016

People called up radio talk show (KGO's Jim Dunbar?) Part 2 of 2:
-Well, that last guy was. We have good solid communities out here in the North Bay. Unlike in the city where you have Satanists running around.
Well, you bring up a good question. Is the Zodiac a Satanist? Amber from Oakland, what do you think?
-I don't really know, but I thought that code they printed didn't look very Christian. But I think the bigger problem is that the papers shouldn't have printed anything that the Zodiac has been doing. That they're just printing all that stuff to sell more newspapers.
-Well, the Zodiac did demand they print his letters or he'd kill more people.
-Yeah, but he would have done it anyway, whether they printed it or not, I think.
-An interesting point.

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2016

Here comes every lunatic claiming to be the one:
-I'm the Zodiac.
And how did you kill your victims?
-With a gun. ... No, with a hammer.
...
-All I'm authorized to tell you is that he's still under government employment.
And who authorized you to tell me this?
-That's all I'm authorized to say.

The line up:
If you don't recognize anyone, that's okay.
-That's him.
How sure are you?
-Yeah, I'm pretty sure. He had a round face like this guy.
Wait. Am I to understand that you're now identifying the second photograph?
-No, no. Just that he had a round face like that. ...

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2016

For our poll to determine the 100 greatest American films, we surveyed 62 film critics from around the world. This time, we received responses from 177 – from every continent except Antarctica. Some are newspaper or magazine reviewers, others write primarily for websites; academics and cinema curators are well-represented too. For the purposes of this poll we have decided that a list of the greatest films of the 21st Century should include the year 2000, even though we recognise that there was no ‘Year Zero’ and that 2001 is mathematically the start of the century.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160819-the-21st-centurys-100-greatest-films

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