My Rating: 7/10
Synopsis: It is an adaptation of a non-fiction book that focused on the lives and careers of the men that pursued the infamous Zodiac case.
It did not exploit the killings and the letters than what is necessary, instead it delved into solving the puzzle, and the obsession and compulsion that mired the minds of the individuals that investigated the case. This is your crime saga that effectively fleshed out a period piece without becoming too dramatic and too invested in bringing supposedly big payoffs that comes from most mystery forensic film concepts these days. It is an honest take on an open non-fiction case. It did not rely in terrors and cheap excitement in pulling interest from its audience.
It suffered from being too long though which diluted the suspense factor of the film, however, the cast was impeccable and David Fincher proves he still got it in his return in creating a memorable thriller. It may not be superior to his previous work Se7en, but I wouldn’t say that it is inferior, maybe at par with it. I would just go on in saying the two films cannot be easily compared. One thing I really hate about it though is the timeline, indicating every so often how many weeks or months had passed as if it really needs to state it in that fashion, it’s too much, it could have used some for stressing that years had passed since this and that but the days and the weeks and the months should have just been mentioned in the dialogue no need to flash it that frequent.
I am pretty sure the book by Graysmith is one hell of a read, and I would add his to my to-read list.
Runtime: 2hrs 36min (Box Office Mojo)
Production Budget: $65 million (Box Office Mojo)