Jay’s review published on Letterboxd:
Rather than overly dramatizing the events about the zodiac killer, we get a movie that explores the lasting effects crime can have on those who feel powerless to fix anything. We are presented nuance characters who take matters into their own hands since they do not believe the system is doing a good job to solve an ongoing crime. The movie does a great job exploring how difficult it is for someone to discover what the actual “truth” is regarding a crime. The truth is nothing more than a small fragment of information that can lead someone discovering other aspects of the truth that is missing.
RDJ and Ruffalo do a great job portraying characters who become so worn out the more they discover the darker secrets of crime. Characters who eventually take a step back to hold onto to their humanity. Gyllenhaal on the other plays someone who is so obsessed with discovery the multi-layered nuances of a crime to the point of loosing the humanity that he shares with those that he loves. Using the detailed story of the Zodiac killer to show how we have not normalized looking up substantial information is pretty damn unique. If it was normalized, people would feel more motivated to pursue a case and others would not feel they have to make sacrifices to reach justice. At the end of the day, learning so much about crime in the world and how complex crime cases are can be draining on an individual. 😔