fruitman’s review published on Letterboxd:
the earliest crime movies followed the same formula for about 50 years. you show the crime (or dont), follow the characters around and have each other explore different options to keep the audience involved, and then reveal at the end what happened. the one that really shook things up was Chinatown that took a direct approach towards giving meaning to the crime. although Zodiac could be passed as a crime documentary, or re-enacted documentation, it manages to follow up in giving some insightful meaning to everything that happened. even if you know everything that happened in this case, it is absolutely thrilling from beginning to end and will still have you guessing until it delivers an absolute knockout of an ending. possibly the best crime film ever made.