Zodiac ★★★★½


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Zodiac is a haunting and gripping movie. In preparation for Mank I wanted to watch the two most popular films from David Fincher that I had not seen yet. I usually don’t get scared while watching horror or thriller films but this film genuinely scared me. This film is such an interesting thriller mainly because most of the thrilling murder scenes happened in the first hour of the film and the rest of the film is slowly building up dramatic suspense. The plot is great it’s an ominously stirring and captivating story. It’s truly brilliant that unlike a lot of “based on a true story” serial killer films the Zodiac case doesn’t have a proper conclusion making the story all the more engaging. 
It’s such an intense story that barely gives audience any time to breathe especially during the majorly thrilling scenes.

The basement scene is one of the most profoundly eerie and immensely terrifying scenes ever made. Although there is a few flaws with the story the biggest flaw being that plot points that are set up in the first act are never brought back up again. The pacing is great even if the film is a little overlong, because its such a gripping story there wasn’t a single moment where it felt slow or boring. The acting is fantastic Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo give a fantastic performances. They both play characters full of intense emotion and ambition, Gyllenhaal and Ruffalo probably give the best performances of their careers. Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Edwards, and John Carroll Lynch give great supporting performances.

The direction is fantastic from David Fincher, it’s obvious he put an incredible amount of effort into making this film realistic and notably impressive. He seriously is one of the best (and one of my favorite) directors working today. The script is fantastic it’s a fresh and very intelligent script.  The cinematography is great there is a handful of impressive and memorable shots especially some of the close ups. The production design really captures the essence of the 1970s very well. The editing and the score are great as well. It’s hard to believe that this film didn’t get nominated for any Oscars, Golden Globes, or BAFTAs. This film really should have been nominated for all of the big awards. The ending is a powerful and acute ending. Overall Zodiac is an immensely intense and enthrallingly dramatic thriller that is one of the most authentic murder mystery films ever made. 

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