In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. Written by
The Warner Brothers and Paramount logos used at the start of the film are almost identical to the ones used by the respective studios in 1969, but not completely. In the case of Warner Brothers, their 1969 releases did not use their classic shield as depicted here, but instead carried a "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts" logo, used when the studio had merged with Ray Stark and Eliot Hyman's production company, Seven Arts. As for the Paramount logo, where it would have read "A Gulf+Western company" in 1969, it now reads "A Viacom Company", reflecting current ownership. See more »
(at around 2h 30 mins) In the store there is a calendar behind the desk that indicates it is February 1980. However, as Graysmith is entering the store, the caption says it is Dec. 20, 1983. The prominent out-of-date calendar may just be a way of showing that the store that Allen works in is a sleepy place where they've forgotten to change the calendar for four years. See more »
Audiences have waited a while for a new piece of work from Mr. David
Fincher and now that hiatus is officially over. Straying away from his
style that earned him a 'cult' following, he brings out a new side to
himself, some techniques not yet observed in his repertoire.
ZODIAC feels like it was made by a perfectionist, everything flows so
smoothly. The editing is pinch-perfect. Not only that, but Ficher shows
that he is an actor's director as well, directing his cast into true
life roles wonderfully. But the credit does not go all on to his
shoulders. The actors have a lot to do with that themselves. Jake
Gyllenhaal, who plays the author of the book of the same name, plays
his character with an irresistible 'nerdi-ness' that is just fun to
watch. Then it is amazing to watch Gyllenhaal transform that character
into an obsessed wannabe detective, losing all focus and normal aspects
of his life. Mark Ruffalo plays a humorous and overworked cop with
incredibility. He really gets the job done. Downey Jr., however small
his role was, plays on the screen with a witty insanity that brings
most of the laughs of the movie. The acting really is a major pro.
ZODIAC may come out at a long time slot but the viewer will never
realize it because of the film pulling one in, and not wanting to leave
until the case is solved. That is why ZODIAC is fantastic and a great
welcome back gift from Fincher to not only his fans, but to everyone.
ZODIAC is definitely the best film of 2007 so far.
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