On Our Screens: Zodiac

Film: Zodiac

Year: 2007

Country: U.S.

Director: David Fincher

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo


Zodiac is the ultimate police procedural. Based on the Zodiac murders in the San Francisco Bay Area, David Fincher’s film follows the case through the eyes of Robert Graysmith (played by an excellent Jake Gyllenhaal) and the detectives and reporters who are assigned to the case and eventually become obsessed by it. The cast is uniformly excellent, led by Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.

Fincher — no stranger to directing creepy subject matter (Seven, Fight Club, and, yes, I am including The Social Network and the Curious Case of Benjamin Button) — evokes a feeling of fear and paranoia that pervades the whole movie.

I dare anyone to try watching the fist ten minutes of the movie without jumping out of their skin. I have seen Zodiac at least four times, most recently right before writing this and I still get freaked out… There’s no doubt you will, too.



Rating (one to five whistles, five being the best): Five Whistles


How to Watch: Amazon



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