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Zodiac

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. The four men most affected by the killer are San Francisco PD Homicide detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong, and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith. Displays the psychological and emotional effects of the killings, as well as the endless procedural details of the investigation (handwriting experts, the "2500" suspects), the letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by Zodiac and the work of a 20+ year investigation that wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith. Both men are obsessed with Zodiac and both pay for this obsession with the hard years and loves lost and never regained.
Title: Zodiac
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Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2007
Notes: DVD release of the 2007 motion picture
Based on the book by Robert Graysmith
Summary: A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. The four men most affected by the killer are San Francisco PD Homicide detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong, and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith. Displays the psychological and emotional effects of the killings, as well as the endless procedural details of the investigation (handwriting experts, the "2500" suspects), the letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by Zodiac and the work of a 20+ year investigation that wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith. Both men are obsessed with Zodiac and both pay for this obsession with the hard years and loves lost and never regained.
Audience: MPAA rating R for strong killings, language, drug material, and brief sexual images
Local Note: 30.00 R 2007 157 min. CC (c.1-3 7/07)
ISBN: 9781415732083
1415732086
Branch Call Number: DVD F Zod
Statement of Responsibility: Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present a Phoenix Pictures production ; produced by Mike Medavoy ... [et al.] ; screenplay by James Vanderbilt ; directed by David Fincher
Current Frequency: v
Organization of Materials: d
Credits: Director of photography, Harris Savides ; editor, Angus Wall ; music, David Shire ; costume designer, Casey Storm ; production designer, Donald Graham Burt ; visual effects supervisor, Eric Barba.
Performers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Chloë Sevigny, Ed Setrakian, John Getz, John Terry, Candy Clark, Elias Koteas, Dermot Mulroney, Donal Logue.
System Details: DVD ; Region 1 ; widescreen presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Other Language: Closed-captioned
In English or French, with subtitles in English or Spanish
Subject Headings: Films for the hearing impaired Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.) Feature films Film adaptations San Francisco (Calif.) Drama Investigative reporting California San Francisco Drama Detectives California San Francisco Drama Murder Investigation California San Francisco Drama Serial murderers California San Francisco Drama
Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films
Thriller-Feature
Topical Term: Films for the hearing impaired
Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.)
Feature films
Film adaptations
Investigative reporting
Detectives
Murder
Serial murderers
Publisher No: 34601
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A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. The four men most affected by the killer are San Francisco PD Homicide detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong, and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith. Displ... Read More »


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Aug 27, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting and intense film.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written, very well acted psychological thriller. Enjoyed it.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Andreinac13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked it!
It was really entertaining. Jake Gyllenhall is great. So is Robert Downey Jr. 's. Great mistery!

Oct 11, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Taught, well-acted, facinating ! ,.. although it does get to seem overlong.
"Based on a true story" means not trimed for conventional plot devices, ..or a comforting ending.
P.S. Kev's PICkS: If you like "Zodiac" ,.. check out the evin better .."The Killing Fields".

May 23, 2012
  • rslade rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Although the film is based on a true story, the lack of resolution and length of time period weakens it as a movie. Both Downey and Gyllenhall have great acting in places, but their parts are written inconsistently, so their good work is often wasted.

Apr 11, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box.

Nov 26, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It’s pretty easy to see how anyone might get obsessed by this series of murders. There’s secret code used to send messages to the police through the newspapers, an on-going taunting of the killer to be identified, a massive time-scale, and all of the victims are young people with whom it’s tough to sympathise even before they become victims. The tantalising nearness of the answer to the identity of the murderer makes the fascination all the more rich.

In order to be more ‘streamlined’ than the film-makers already made the tale, there ought to be a few more bits removed or combined than we see here. The sub-plot involving reporter Paul Avery (played by Robert Downey Jr. [when did he get sufficiently sober he could be in every other movie released, by the way?]) might be done away with, but this would result in the question of ‘why does the newspaper cartoonist end up being the one who writes the book?’ and we also wouldn’t be able to see one of the better supporting roles Downey has done in awhile.

Given the complexity of the narrative and its details, Fincher wisely opts for a linear narrative with next-to-nothing of his usual digital wizardry wherein the image jumps all over the place as it dances to his de-constructionist media tune. That said, he has done a massive amount of digital post-production to make the scenes more historically accurate, apparently, what with San Francisco of today looking very little like it did in the early 1970s. His abilities with the extreme changes of other films makes the work done here far smoother, probably.

An excellent story which richly conveys the experience and effect that the events had on both the individuals concerned with it as well as the community as a whole, plus the herculean task of locating a killer given any any circumstance.

Jan 07, 2011
  • KatieKnight rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Tense

Sep 25, 2010
  • Neens rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

great movie! it was so creepy yet had only a few violent scenes. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The movie was a little long but worth it. A very intelligent and well-acted film.

May 16, 2010
  • meaganpeters4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic movie! Well acted and intriguing from start to finish!

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Sep 29, 2011
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