Tuesday, December 09, 2008


I seem to remember this movie getting mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it, even though at times I did have flashes of déjà vu from other movies, like Seven or All the President's Men, but that must have been because of the movie setting (a newspaper) and theme (a serial killer's evil deeds).

The story follows the attacks of a serial killer known as the Zodiac, the police officers that try to catch him before he acts again, and the journalists that report on the cases.

Given that the whole story is based on actual events, the film takes on a heavier layer of gravitas, but ultimately fails to feel complete on some level.

Nonetheless, I did enjoy it and would recommend it, especially since the cast includes an actor whose craft I really respect (Robert Downey Jr.), an actress who always surprises me with her understated and yet distinguished performances (Chloë Sevigny), and two actors who might not reach Downey Jr.'s bravura, but are always pleasing on the eyes (Mark Ruffalo and Jake Gyllenhaal).

Grade: 8

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