Run time is two hours and thirty-eight minutes.  It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Chloe Sevigny, Mark Rufflo and several other well known actors.  This movie is rated R for violence, some drug use, language and sexual content.

Fully following the Zodiac killings of the 1960’s and 70’s this movie is all about the people who were plagued by the relentless taunter the Zodiac.  A man, amusingly, went around California killing.  According to the movie he killed approximately six people, and wounded two others.  The main character is played by Jake Gyllenhaal, a young cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the Zodiac killer, and ends up losing his family and his identity to his search for the truth.  If you know nothing about the case, a killer calling himself the Zodiac, stalked and killed his victims with either a knife or a gun.  Then he wrote to a couple of newspapers, mainly the San Francisco Chronicle, sending cryptic messages and items of bloody clothing.  He was never found.

If you like movies about true serial killers, or homicides, then you should watch this movie.  Otherwise skip it.  The beginning of the movie starts of slow, and it seems to maintain the pace throughout the entire film.  Most of the murders happen in the first forty-five minutes and the rest of the movie just follows the main character as he skips around searching for the real killer, the name of the killer, so he can rest.  The scenery is very interesting, as the film makers tried to keep the movie in the times, with the clothes, and surroundings remaining in the sixties and seventies.  The character played by Robert Downey Jr., Paul Avery, was one of the most interesting characters in the movie however half-way through the movie he disappears.

Slowness was a quality that was plentiful in this movie.  Many of the long scenes could have been shortened or cut.  There was way too much dialogue and too much time was spent setting up the murder scenes.  Some of the scenes seemed to have been put in just to fill in space, but I feel it was probably to stay totally true to the story.  However it could have been cut, a bunch could have been cut.  This movie was just too long and too slow.  Since I was familiar with the story I was hoping that it would give some insight to the story that I didn’t already know, but I was disappointed.  The movie just followed the same story that I could have read in any other book, or the book that was written by the main character. 

The question is was the zodiac found, and if not is he/she still out there?  Of course if he/she is still out there did this movie excite them? 

I don’t know if I would recommend this movie and was somewhat surprised by the high ratings it was given by some.  I found it way too slow, and WAY too long.  But like I said earlier in this review, if you are interested in this particular case, serial killers, or homicide in general you might like this movie.  If you want a really good serial killer movie watch M or Citizen X, both of those were based on true stories, and both of them are pretty good movie.  Citizen X even supplies the viewer with a lot of suspense, which is wonderful since in that one you already know who the murderer is.

1 thought on “Zodiac”

  1. It didn’t crack my top ten list, but Zodiac was one of my favourite 2007 films. I was completely engaged the entire time. I thought the length was perfect.

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