Zodiac ★★★★★

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"Are you okay?"
"...No. Thanks for asking."

It's been two days since I've seen this and I still haven't found the words I want to say. It might not be as tight as The Social Network, as thrilling as Gone Girl, as laser focused as Mindhunter, but none of that matters. Fincher is working with immense power and uses that to lull you into a false sense of security. We come into these stories thinking we know who makes it out alive, that the good guys win and the bad guys get theirs. But history is far less kind. The good guys grow old, jaded, and retire. The bad guys get way again, and again, and again...
Fincher drops the hammer in this movie in ways that just twist your guts. The phone interview, false though it may be, still sends chills across my skin. The initial Arthur Lee Allen interview at the auto plant is nerve wrecking. The downward spirals of Ruffalo, Gyllenhaal, and RDJ are different from one another and yet incredibly compelling all the same. And the final scene is only made all the more disheartening when the text appears and reminds you that this is inspired by real events, that everyone in this is based on someone who lived with this very real horror, and that, even in death, there exists the possibility of never finding peace.

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