Director: David Fincher
David Fincher is no stranger to suspense thrillers. His resume includes such heavy hitters as Seven, The Boiler Room, and my personal favorite Fight Club. His latest effort, Zodiac continues to solidify his name as one you can trust. Of course, an impressive resume means nothing without all the pieces coming together, and in this respect, fantastic directing, screenplay and performances bring it all home in this great crime thriller.
It was the early ‘70s in San Francisco when the Zodiac murders were first and foremost in everyone’s mind. Due mainly to the killer’s ability to convince all media to run his elaborate, coded messages. Threatening to kill again if the papers did not run the story, the papers gave him all the print he wanted.
Unlike Seven where it was a race to catch the killer, Zodiac’s drama continues into the years that followed as the trail runs cold and only a few obsessed men continue towards finding this killer.
The three main players come together shortly after the first double murder on July 4, 1969. Robert Graysmith, played by the always brilliant Jake Gyllenhaal is an editorial cartoonist. Paul Avery (Robert Downey, Jr.), on the other hand is a hard drinking editorial reporter while the no-guff inspector David Toschi is wonderfully portrayed by Mark Ruffalo.
At it’s core, Zodiac is a great crime thriller that is all about
obsession. An all encompassing obsession that destroys lives until all
that’s left is an unquenchable thirst to finish the puzzle