9.27.2007

Zodiac

Zodiac was a fantastic movie, and not just because some of my favorite actors are in it. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the Zodiac killings. He's the central figure in the film and, as always, turns is a stellar performance. He's geeky, and energetic, and hyper-intelligent. Robert Downey Jr. plays Paul Avery the lead reporter covering the Murders. He becomes obsessed as well, and when things don't turn out, when the Zodiac isn't caught, his whole life gets messy. He becomes an Alcoholic and generally gets very abrasive. Mark Ruffalo is David Toschi, the head cop on the case in San Francisco. The killings spanned several different counties, so there were many people working on it, but Toschi was the Inspector that Graysmith worked with and had the nearest contact with, so he's the guy with the biggest role in the film. Brian Cox had a small role, but he's worth mentioning simply because he's always so sleazy. He plays some kind of lawyer, and he's totally in it for the fame. The movie's directed by David Fincher, who also directed Fight Club among other. The movie is slow paced is spots, but considering the span of time over which the actual events took place, it's understandable. And I don't like the closing remarks (where you find out what happened to everyone), they're large enough type to work on the big screen, but even on my TV, which is rather large, you can't read them.

Overall a good movie, tense and well thought out. With a fabulous cast.

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