Reviews for Zodiac

Video Librarian Reviews
David Fincher's lengthy thriller about the hunt for the notorious titular 1970s serial killer is three films at once: police procedural, journalistic investigation, and character study. That Zodiac succeeds in each case is a testament not only to the director's skill but also to the earnest performances of the actors playing the three men at the center of the story: Jake Gyllenhaal as a cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the case, Robert Downey Jr. as the cynical, substance-abusing reporter, and Mark Ruffalo as the dedicated detective whose repeated failures to apprehend the culprit derail his career. Although the real-life events--which took place over two decades--impose a start-and-stop structure on the screenplay, Fincher still maintains an even pace (not to mention considerable suspense), while steadfastly resisting the urge to indulge in melodrama. One of the year's best films to date, this is highly recommended. (E. Hulse) Copyright Video Librarian Reviews 2007.