July 2, 2011 Leave a comment
Too long. A masked murdered has been haunting San Francisco and taunting police with cryptic messages as to who he is. Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.) and Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) work at the San Francisco Chronicle which becomes the epicenter of evidence and intrigue as Robert becomes obsessed with the Zodiac’s puzzles and Avery tries to solve the case. Lead detective Inspecter David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) has trouble putting together the evidence to make a case against any one person because the Zodiac has a way of leaving trails that lead no where. Based off true events, as well as two books written by Robert Graysmith, with sprinkles of fiction to add to the drama, David Fincher tells the story of the Zodiac killer through the 3 people that became overcome with trying to solve his riddles and mind games.
I can appreciate a well directed movie when I see one and this is no exception to the rule. David Fincher does an exceptional job directing the story and keeping it simple. The editing is very tight with no wasted screen time, but maybe the decision to make the movie long to give the viewer the same sensation as the characters that the case was long was a bad choice. No one’s performance really jumps out and grabs you, but again, maybe that’s the result of the type of story it was, a long murder case over the span of 20 plus years. Everyone acted well, don’t get me wrong. The murder scenes didn’t have enough suspense or horror or much of anything for me. They were pretty straight forward, boom, dead, on the next scene. The score is non-motivational much like a film noir would be at the time of when the real Zodiac murders were happening. Every scene has the same feel and look, which lead me to become bored and uninterested. I guess I’m not one for murder mysteries because Zodiac had me checking my phone and pausing to find out how much time I had left… I paused when I was 27 minutes into the movie, meaning I had 2 hours and 10 minutes left aka another full movie.
This is not a film for everyone. If you enjoy a good who-done-it murder mystery, then you’ll most likely enjoy Zodiac. If you don’t put anything on your hot dog, you’ll probably enjoy this movie also. Always remember, man is the most dangerous game of all…