Robert Downey jnr and Jake Gyllenhall are particularly entertaining together, playing off the heavy drinking and sarcastic yet charming Avery against the nervous, geeky Graysmith. There are some fantastic scenes of Avery’s amazement at Graysmith’s code cracking skills, and his theories about the identity of the killer. The sinister air of mystery that kept these men obsessed with this case for years also keeps us hooked for the duration of the film.
Since it is the true story of an officially unsolved case, you may think that Zodiac ends without closure, but it gives plenty of reasons (as posited by Graysmith) why a certain suspect is the main one, and manages to wrap the story up without becoming formulaic.
Zodiac is intensely detailed, and demands your attention to be thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a long and complex film which is probably best avoided if you are looking for lightweight escapism. But if you are in the mood for something to sink into and mull over long after you’ve left the cinema, then it is for you. With an excellent cast, fascinating story, and a great atmosphere, Zodiac is another gem in David Fincher’s body of work.
- Ivan Sadler
David Fincher’s finely crafted new thriller is as engrossing as the real-life mystery it is based on.
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