Zodiac ★★★★

Fincher's obsession with serial killers began in 1995 with Se7en, a film that inflated the genre to proportions nearing exaltation with its macabre gloom and theatrical execution. With Zodiac, Fincher let's the air out by focusing on the methodical rather than the horrifying, presenting the events clinically rather than viciously. There are no clean, last-minute plot twists, just discipline. Disciplined acting, a sharp and yet free-feeling screenplay, and unbelievably firm direction. The only focus is to keep the audience's focus, and it is an astoundingly resounding portrayal of police procedurals, the effects of the media, the power of dedication, and the importance of accepting that which you cannot change.

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